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    Writing the names of historical figures

    Can anyone help me on this one? I am wondering how to caption a portrait painted in the days of the Danish king ...

    Christian IV
    Christian the IV
    Christian the Fourth
    (what's capitalized and what isn't??)

    Would there be a "4th" possibility that is even more suitable?

    Rgs,
    Bill

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    Re: Writing the names of historical figures

    You really only have two choices when writing such titles in English, either:

    Christian IV

    or

    Christian the Fourth (note there is no capital on "the")

    As a rule, we do not use Roman numerals after "the."


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    Re: Writing the names of historical figures

    Thank you very much!

    Cheers,
    Bill

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