My mediaeval history

My mediaeval history

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  • Hi, I'm Henry I and I was born on 1st December 1135 in a town called Selby in Yorkshire. I was unfortunately the youngest son, so my parents didn't expect me to be King.
  • I wasn't expected to become king, but I did in 1100. On the 11th December 1100, Henry married Matilda (daughter of Malcolm)
  • For Henry marrying Matilda gave me increased right to rule, and for Matilda, an ambitious woman it was an opportunity for high status and power in England. The couple soon had a daughter called Matilda.
  • The nobles were perapered to switch sides if Henry's elder brother appeared likely to gian power in England. Robert had formed an army ready to mveo against Hebry in England.
  • I can't believe I have been defeated by my own YOUNGER brother. Now I'm in prison for the next 18 years .
  • Why!? This is my own brother that I am going to have a battle, and guess what I obviously win.
  • When necessary, I reward those who have been loyal to me. For barons who stood against me, will face punishment.
  • I rule with the help of various barons and lords in England and Normandy.
  • I began to build Reading Abbey in 1121, and gave it with rich lands to ensure that it was prospered.
  • I was responsible for a substantial expansion of the royal justice system and increased taxes. I restored laws and orders.
  • Henry arranged for his daughter to marry the future Holy Roman Emperors. For king henry this was a prestigious match; for Emperor Henry V it was an opportunity to restore his finical situation.
  • Crowned Emperor Henry V's queen in 1110.
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