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Anglo-Norman Royalty

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The Royals
King Reign In Brief
William I
(The Conqueror)
William I
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Her Majesty
Queen Elizabeth II
1066
to
1087
William's claim to the English throne was based on his assertion that, in 1051, Edward the Confessor had promised him the throne (he was a distant cousin) and that Harold II was therefore a usurper.
William II
(Rufus)
1087
to
1100
Strong, outspoken and ruddy (hence his nickname 'Rufus'), William II extended his father's policies, taking royal power to the far north of England.
Henry I
(Beauclerc)
Henry I
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Her Majesty
Queen Elizabeth II
1100
to
1135
An energetic, decisive and occasionally cruel ruler, Henry centralised the administration of England and Normandy in the royal court, using 'viceroys' in Normandy and a group of advisers in England to act on his behalf when he was absent across the Channel.

Stephen
Stephen

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Her Majesty
Queen Elizabeth II

Matilda
Matilda

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Her Majesty
Queen Elizabeth II

1135
to
1154
Stephen lacked ruthlessness and failed to inspire loyalty. He could neither control his friends nor subdue his enemies, despite the support of his brother Henry of Blois and his able wife Matilda of Boulogne.

Henry I's daughter Matilda invaded England in 1139 to claim the throne, and the country was plunged into civil war.

Henry II
(Curtmantle)
Henry II
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Her Majesty
Queen Elizabeth II
1154
to
1189
Henry II ruled over an empire which stretched from the Scottish border to the Pyrenees. One of the strongest, most energetic and imaginative rulers, The King spent only 13 years of his reign in England.
Richard I
Cour De Lion
(The Lionheart)
1189
to
1199
Richard I fulfilled his main ambition by going on crusade in 1190, leaving the ruling of England to others.
John Lackland
John Lackland
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Her Majesty
Queen Elizabeth II
1199
to
1216
John was an able administrator interested in law and government but he neither trusted others nor was trusted by them.
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