Intro to Plantagenets
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The White Ship sank in the English Channel
Sire! The ship carrying your son has sunk.
I have lost my heir to the throne.
The barons (powerful land owners) swore loyalty to Matilda
Matilda my daughter, will you be my heir?
I will father.
Matilda may be my cousin but a woman cannot rule England
Stephen crowned himself as King of England.
My lord, Henry I is dead!
Stephen rewarded his followers with money, but did not share it fairly.
Some barons re-joined Matilda and the resulting civil war is known as The Anarchy
Realising that the people of England were tired of war he began to negotiate peace with the barons.