Pretender to the throne

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A pretender to the throne is a person who makes a claim to a throne but is not officially recognized as a monarch . This is especially true for hereditary monarchies . The presence of several pretenders to the throne was often the cause of protracted civil wars such as the Wars of the Roses in England in the 15th century or the Carlist Wars in Spain in the 19th century.

The word pretender is derived from the Latin verb praetendere , which means 'to claim'. It was adopted into German via the French as a loan word “pretend”.

Historical pretenders to the throne (selection)

See also


Web links

Wiktionary: Pretender to the throne  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. pretend. In: Jacob Grimm , Wilhelm Grimm (Hrsg.): German dictionary . tape 13 : N, O, P, Q - (VII). S. Hirzel, Leipzig 1889, Sp. 277 ( ).