William II of Sicily

1153 - 1189

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William II (December 1153 – 11 November 1189), called the Good, was king of Sicily from 1166 to 1189. From surviving sources William's character is indistinct. Lacking in military enterprise, secluded and pleasure-loving, he seldom emerged from his palace life at Palermo. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William II of Sicily has received more than 275,752 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). William II of Sicily is the 1,999th most popular politician (down from 1,858th in 2019), the 723rd most popular biography from Italy (down from 680th in 2019) and the 131st most popular Italian Politician.

William II of Sicily was most famous for being the son of Roger II of Sicily and Constance of Hauteville. He ruled Sicily from 1166 to 1189. He was the last Norman King of Sicily.

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Among politicians, William II of Sicily ranks 1,999 out of 19,576Before him are Houari Boumédiène, Mario Monti, Tristan, Liu Shan, Prince Napoléon Bonaparte, and Francis II of the Two Sicilies. After him are Khaba, Stamford Raffles, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Najm ad-Din Ayyub, Axel Oxenstierna, and Al-Hakam II.

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Among people born in 1153, William II of Sicily ranks 2Before him is Alexios III Angelos. After him are Agnes of Antioch, Berthold, Duke of Merania, Abd al-Wahid I, William IX, Count of Poitiers, and Pietro Ziani. Among people deceased in 1189, William II of Sicily ranks 3Before him are Henry II of England, and Minamoto no Yoshitsune. After him are Benkei, Gerard de Ridefort, Matilda of England, Duchess of Saxony, Humbert III, Count of Savoy, Emperor Shizong of Jin, and Frederick, Duke of Bohemia.

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Among people born in Italy, William II of Sicily ranks 723 out of 5,161Before him are Giacomo della Porta (1533), Mario Monti (1943), Jacopo Sansovino (1486), Prince Napoléon Bonaparte (1822), Francis II of the Two Sicilies (1836), and Giulia Farnese (1474). After him are Fausto Coppi (1919), Lucius Aemilius Paullus Macedonicus (-229), Gaius Octavius (-100), Ottorino Respighi (1879), Carlo Azeglio Ciampi (1920), and Renata Scotto (1934).


Among politicians born in Italy, William II of Sicily ranks 131Before him are Britannicus (41), Claudia Octavia (40), Quintus Sertorius (-126), Mario Monti (1943), Prince Napoléon Bonaparte (1822), and Francis II of the Two Sicilies (1836). After him are Gaius Octavius (-100), Carlo Azeglio Ciampi (1920), Manfred, King of Sicily (1232), Boniface I, Marquess of Montferrat (1150), Atia (-85), and Charles Edward Stuart (1720).