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Sharon Murphy
Sharon Murphy • 2 years ago

The Disaster of the White Ship In 1120 Matilda's elder brother William Adelin and heir to the English throne died returning from Normandy when his ship, called the White Ship, hit rocks and sank. As Henry I had no other children, Matilda was declared heir to the English throne. Henry made the Barons swear allegiance to Matilda and made them swear that they should crown her as Queen upon his death. One of these barons was Stephen of Blois, Henry's nephew.

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King John, Plantagenet, King of England, Lackland.

King Henry II : King of England 1154–89. The son of Matilda and Geoffrey V, Count of Anjou, he succeeded King Stephen. He curbed the power of the barons, but his attempt to bring the church courts under control was abandoned after the murder of Thomas à Becket. The English conquest of Ireland began during Henry's reign. On several occasions his sons rebelled, notably 1173–74. Henry was succeeded by his son Richard (I) the Lionheart.

Timeline of kings and queens.

King Harthacnut: eldest son of King Canute II and Emma of Normandy, heir to the English crown. He had been proclaimed king of Denmark in 1028 but when Canute died he was defending his land in Denmark. In his absence his illegitimate half-brother, Harold Harefoot was crowned King Harold I of England in 1037. Naturally there was a struggle between the two brothers that only ended on the death of Harold. Harthacnut sailed to England with a large fleet and was immediately accepted as king.

Stephen the Usurper! He was the nephew of Henry I, who had named his daughter, the Empress Matilda, as his heir after his only legitimate son died in the White Ship disaster. Because it was unheard of for a woman to rule England, members of the nobility who had pledged allegiance to Matilda while Henry was alive abruptly ditched her for Stephen after Henry I's death. A civil war that lasted years was the result. Stephen managed to hang onto the throne, fighting Matilda's faction to secure the throne for his son, Eustace. But Eustace died young, and Stephen saw the writing on the wall. He and Matilda called a truce -- Stephen would remain king until he died, but the throne would then pass to Matilda's son, Henry, who became Henry II.

King Stephan c.1097-1154 r.1135-1154 - last Norman king of England after ousting the legitimate heir, Matilda, the daughter of Henry I. He was succeeded by Henry II, the son of Matilda and Geoffrey Plantagenet.

King Harold II, the last Anglo-Saxon king of England, from January to October 1066. He was defeated and killed by William of Normandy (William the Conqueror) at the famous Battle of Hastings. My favorite King of England

  • Teri Taumaoe

    Have you read The Handfasted Wife by Carol McGrath? I loved it, won it in a giveaway. It focused more on Elditha, his handfasted wife that he set aside when he became king. Good book. Lots of great info. Give it a whirl!

On this day 26th October, 899 Alfred the Great died. King of the Anglo Saxons. Statue of King Alfred in Winchester, England