'Did you know King Edward had a whipping boy?' asked The Noise, looking up from her homework.
'Yes, I did', I answered, as patiently as it is possible for someone who has been through this comprehension on Henry Vlll's son four times already with previous occupants of Year 4.
'What does r-e-i-g-n mean?'
'Reign. It means to rule.'
'You mean like rule the country?'
'Well how could he do that when he was only nine years old? I'm nine years old and I'm not a princess'.
'But your father's not a king'.
The rest of this lot, to a man, answered:
'He just thinks he is'.
Looks like they've got the measure of you, mate.