Henry I


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  • William the Conqueror is dead!
  • I give Normandy to Robert and William Rufus will become the King of England. Henry will inherit £5000.
  • The new King has already died!
  • Henry is crowned King!
  • I pronounce Henry King of England! I also pronounce Henry and Matilda, man and wife!
  • Are we going to be Kings and queens as well, Father?
  • When William the Conqueror died in 1087, he decided to split up his kingdom between his two eldest sons. Robert got given Normandy and William Rufus was made King of England. Henry got £5000 but no land.
  • Matilda is arranged to become Emperor Henry V's Queen!
  • That sounds splendid, Father!
  • Matilda, darling, in two years' time you will be Henry V's queen!
  • On 1 August 1100, William Rufus was hunting in the New Forest when he was shot in the heart by an arrow and died. It is a mystery whether this tragedy was an accident or a murder but a legend says that Henry was hunting with him when he died...
  • William is dead!
  • Henry was crowned King of England and soon after that he married Matilda, the daughter of Malcom III, King of the Scots. For Henry, marrying Matilda meant that he had an increased right to rule. For Matilda, marrying Henry meant that she had an opportunity for power in England.
  • King Henry is dead!
  • I'm glad I died knowing Matilda will safely become Queen
  • Henry I had two children called Matilda and William with his wife, Matilda. He also had 22 illegitimate children with other women In 1108, Henry arranged for Matilda, who was 8, to marry Emperor Henry V, the future Holy Roman Emperor.
  • Will I be a King like Matilda?
  • William,Henry's son and heir died when his ship, The White Ship, sank. King Henry began to look among his nephews for a new heir. He considered Stephen of Blois but his plans changed when Emperor Henry V died in 1125. King Henry declared that his only surviving legitimate child, Matilda, should become heir. The Anglo-Norman barons swore to recognise her as Queen. Putting forward a woman as a ruler was unusual in those days and some people were not happy.
  • In late November 1135, Henry fell ill because he ate too many lamphreys (a type of eel) against his doctor's advice. He died on 1 December 1135 and was buried at Reading Abbey. Unfortunately, all Henry's efforts to make Matilda become Queen were all in vain as her and Stephen, Henry's nephew, fought over the crown. It was good Henry hadn't lived to see it.
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