William the Conqueror of Normandy, King of England * William was the illegitimate son of Duke Robert I of Normandy, and Herleve (also known as Arlette), daughter of a tanner in Falaise. Known as 'William the Bastard' to his contemporaries, his illegitimacy shaped his career when he was young.
Margaret of France (French: Marguerite de France or Marguerite de Valois, 1553 – 1615) was Queen of France and of Navarre during the late sixteenth century. A royal princess of France by birth, she was the last of the House of Valois.,Daughter of King Henry II of France and Catherine de' Medici sister of Kings Francis II, Charles IX and Henry III and of Queen Elizabeth of Spain. Queen of 2 countries, for she had married King Henry III of Navarre who became King Henry IV of France.
Matilda of Flanders, lived c. 1031–1083) was the wife of William the Conqueror and, as such, Queen consort of the Kingdom of England. She bore William nine children, including two kings, William II and Henry I.
Elizabeth Blount who was better known by her nickname of "Bessie", was a mistress of Henry VIII of England...Her relationship with Henry VIII lasted for some length of time, compared to his other affairs, which were generally short-lived and unacknowledged. On 15 June 1519, Blount bore the King an illegitimate son who was named Henry FitzRoy, Soon after the birth of his son, the King began an affair with Mary Boleyn
Robert, first Duke of Normandy, and father of William the Conqueror. Robert was a direct descendant of the Viking who "founded" Normandy. Interesting that Harold, the last Anglo-Saxon king, was threatened in the north by a Viking army and in the south by William the Conqueror's invasion force. So he was actually fighting to retain the throne the England against two separate Viking groups.
William the Conqueror, King of England (1028-1087)-The descendant of Viking raiders, he had been Duke of Normandy since 1035 under the style William II. After a long struggle to establish his power, by 1060 his hold on Normandy was secure, and he launched the Norman conquest of England in 1066.
Stephen (reigned 1135-1154), often referred to as Stephen of Blois, was a grandson of William the Conqueror. He was King of England from 1135 to his death, and also the Count of Boulogne in right of his wife. Stephen's reign was marked by the Anarchy, a civil war with his cousin and rival, the Empress Matilda. He was succeeded by Matilda's son, Henry II, the first of the Angevin kings.
Henry II was notorious for his illicit relations with other men’s wives, and for having several illegitimate children. However, few records containing information about them have survived, and only records about the most infamous mistresses would have been written to start with. Henry II married Eleanor of Aquitaine in 1152, the same year Henry’s first recorded illegitimate son, Geoffrey Plantagenet Archbishop of York was born, details of his mother are unclear but her name is believed to…
Robert le Magnifique Duc de Normandie, William the conqueror's father, was the great-great-grandson of Rollo the Ganger, Viking founder of Normandy. He was also a descendent of Charlemagne through his mother, Judith de Bretagne. 30 ggf
KING RICHARD I THE LIONHEART 1189-1199 son of Henry II "Curtmantel" and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine Capet. Rebelled against his father twice before becoming King. Richard had a reputation as a warrior known as Richard ‘The Lion Heart’. After 3 successful crusades he was captured by the Duke of Austria. Upon release he returned to England where his brother John Lackland was ruling poorly in his stead. Killed at war in France. He was never happier than when engaged in war.
This is the death mask of England's King Henry VII (the father of King Henry VIII), who was the first Tudor monarch and reigned from 1485 to 1509. It is said to be the finest death mask in existence. It's also unusual in that his eyes are open.
Eleanor of Aquitaine Queen of France, Queen of England, Mother Grandmother of Kings and Queens Eleanor of Aquitaine was one of the most powerful women in the world in the medieval era. Married first to the King of France -- and divorced from him in part because she had no sons -- she went on to have sons and daughters with her second husband, King Henry II of England.