Henry I


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  • Henry I's Birth
  • At the Christening...
  • He's the youngest of three, so he'll probably never be king. He'll probably be a bishop, so we should give him a good education.
  • Yes, dear, I agree
  • Henry Becomes King
  • Oh no! That stupid Henry will probably inherit the throne, seeing as Robert is off in Normandy! Why did I have to die.........
  • William Rufus died in a hunting accident...
  • Henry is a Bit Mean to his Brother
  • Down in the dungeons...
  • And to add insult to injury he locked me up until I died in 1134!
  • In 1068, William the Conquerer's third son Henry was born.
  • Henry Marries Matilda
  • This is good for me, now I have even more right to rule!
  • And it's an opportunity for high status and power for me!
  • William the Conquer died and his second eldest son William Rufus became King. His eldest, Robert, was given Normandy. Henry got nothing - apart from £5000
  • Henry and his Heirs
  • I have no more male sons and Henry V died anyway. I'll bring Matilda back to England and when I'm dead she can be Queen. The Barons won't like it but...Oh well, I'm the King!
  • But when Wiliam died...
  • By the time Robert got back to England, Henry had already been accepted as King. The two brothers did not get on and in 1106 Heny invaded Normandy and defeated Robert.
  • Henry's Death
  • And when Henry I unhelpfully went and died in 1135...
  • After becoming king, Henry married Malcom III of Scotland's daughter and member of the West Saxon Royal Family, Matilda.
  • At the Wedding...
  • Henry and Matilda had two children, William and another Matilda. Matilda was married off to future Holy Roman Emperor Henry V.
  • Henry made the English barons swear to recognise Matilda as Queen but many of them were unhappy about the prospect of a female ruler.
  • A long civil war started between me, Stephen (Henry I's nephew) and Matilda for the throne.
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