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 180,175 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia. William II of Sicily is the 1,960th most popular politician (down from 1,870th in 2019), the 731st most popular biography from Italy (down from 681st in 2019) and the 135th 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 1,960 out of 15,710Before him are Charles Albert of Sardinia, Yuri Dolgorukiy, Chlothar III, Jeongjong, 3rd monarch of Goryeo, Nikolai Podgorny, and Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn. After him are Raisa Gorbacheva, Hostilian, Sigismund of Burgundy, Beyhan Sultan, Desiderius, and Maymunah bint al-Harith.

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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, Pietro Ziani, and William IX, Count of Poitiers. Among people deceased in 1189, William II of Sicily ranks 4Before him are Henry II of England, Minamoto no Yoshitsune, and Benkei. After him are Gerard de Ridefort, Matilda of England, Duchess of Saxony, Humbert III, Count of Savoy, and Frederick, Duke of Bohemia.

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Among people born in Italy, William II of Sicily ranks 731 out of 4,088Before him are Giacomo Leopardi (1798), Arrigo Sacchi (1946), Peter Lombard (1096), Charles Albert of Sardinia (1798), Angela Merici (1474), and Giovanni Agnelli (1866). After him are Richard Rogers (1933), Bernardo Provenzano (1933), Desiderius (710), Louise of Orléans (1812), Persius (34), and Rosso Fiorentino (1494).


Among politicians born in Italy, William II of Sicily ranks 135Before him are Titus Tatius (-800), Ferdinand III, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1769), Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy (1562), Vannozza dei Cattanei (1442), Catherine Cornaro (1454), and Charles Albert of Sardinia (1798). After him are Desiderius (710), Louise of Orléans (1812), Maria Luisa of Spain (1745), Alessandro de' Medici, Duke of Florence (1510), Henry of Germany (1211), and Gianni Agnelli (1921).