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Henry "Beauclerc", I, King Of England

Henry "Beauclerc", I, King Of England

Male 1068 - 1135  (~ 67 years)Deceased

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  • Name  Henry "Beauclerc", I, King Of England  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Suffix  I, King Of England 
    Nickname  Beauclerc 
    Born  Between May 1068 and May 1069  , , , England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Gender  Male 
    Education  , , , England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Henry spoke English very well and the degree of his learning was unusual for someone his age. This earned him the name of "Beauclerc" or "Fine Scholar".
    Accomplishment 
    • Henry granted a Charter of Liberties in which he swore to observe the laws of Edward the Confessor. He renounced his right to plunder the Church by allowing its sees and abbeys to remain vacant. He promised not to sell or lease the vacant properties of the Church and he removed the evil companions of his brother William Rufus from the positions to which William had appointed them.
    Accomplishment 
    • Henry promoted the welfare and happiness of his subjects. He encouraged manufacturing trades, improved the country's coinage, established a system of weights and measures, and reorganized the courts of justice. When he endowed the great towns of England with charters of freedom, he struck a heavy blow at the Feudal System of England and gave a great boost to liberty.
    Coronation  5 Aug 1100  Westminster Abbey, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Henry was hunting in the New Forest when he heard of his brother, William's, death. Henry instantly put his spurs to his horse and raced to secure the royal treasury at Winchester. He then galloped off to London and was saluted as King of England by the bishops and barons. He was crowned just three days after his brother's death. He usurped the crown from his older brother, Robert, who was loitering on his way home from the Holy Land.
    Miscellaneous Notes 
    • From The Age of the Crusades, Vol. 6 by James M. Ludlow, p. 21, upon describing the cruelty of some of the leaders in the 11th century:

      Henry I. of England (1068-1135) put out the eyes of his brother Robert and of his two grandchildren, and forced his daughter to cross a frozen fosse, stripped half naked.
    Will  Abt 1133  [9
    • Matilda was the only surviving child of Henry I. Because of this, he resolved to leave all of his domains to his daughter, although neither the Normans or the Saxons had ever tried to leave thier crown and lands to a woman. After Henry died, Matilda headed to England to lay claim to the crown that was rightfully hers. Unfortunately, the crown was usurped by Count Stephen of Blois, Henry's nephew, before Matilda could arrive. Stephen had made himself a favorite of the citzens of London, which had paved his way to the throne.
    Died  1 Dec 1135  Lyons-La-For„et, , Haute-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 9
    Age  ~ 67 years 
    Buried  Reading Abbey, Reading, , Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I10332  One Big Family Tree
    Last Modified  4 May 2013 

    Father  William "The Conqueror", I, King Of England, Duke of Normandy,   b. Abt 1027, Falaise, Falaise, , Basse-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1087, Rouen, , Haute-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: ~ 60 years 
    Mother  Matilda, Of Flanders,   b. 1032,   d. 3 Nov 1083  Age: 51 years 
    Married  1053 
    Family ID  F3113  Group Sheet

    Family 1  CANMORE Matilda, Of Scotland, Queen Consort,   b. 1079, Dunfermline, , Fife, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1118, Westminster Palace, Westminster, , , England Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: 39 years 
    Married  11 Nov 1100  [4
    • The marriage of Henry and Edith united the Saxon and Norman dynasties. Upon her marriage, Edith took the Norman name of Matilda, or Maud. [3, 6]
    Children 
     1. Empress Matilda, Of England,   b. Abt 7 Feb 1102, London, , Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Sep 1167, Notre Dame, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: ~ 65 years
     2. ADELIN William,   b. 1103,   d. 25 Nov 1120  Age: 17 years
    Last Modified  9 Jul 2011 
    Family ID  F3109  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Adeliza, Of Louvain,   b. 1103,   d. 23 Apr 1151  Age: 48 years 
    Married  2 Feb 1121 
    Last Modified  3 Jul 2011 
    Family ID  F5188  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Between May 1068 and May 1069 - , , , England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - - , , , England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCoronation - 5 Aug 1100 - Westminster Abbey, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 Dec 1135 - Lyons-La-For„et, , Haute-Normandie, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Reading Abbey, Reading, , Berkshire, England Link to Google Earth
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    Henry I, King of England
    Henry I, King of England

  • Notes 
    • Henry was called Beauclerc for his scholarly interests.
    • (Medical):Legend says that Henry died from eating a "surfeit of lamreys", of which he was excessively fond. Lamreys are also known as lamprey eels. His remains were sewn into the hide of a bull to preserve them and then taken back to England, where he was buried.

  • Sources 
    1. [S165] Library of Universal History and Popular Science, Israel Smith Clare and George Edwin Rines, (New York, NY: The Bancroft Society, 1910.), Vol. 7: p. 2243. (Reliability: 3), 1 Apr 2011.

    2. [S166] A Chronological Abridgment of the History of Great Britain, Antoine Franūcois Bertrand Moleville, (London, England: T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1812.), p. 124. (Reliability: 3), 5 Apr 2011.

    3. [S85] Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists, Frederick Lewis Weis and Kaleen E. Beall, (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992.), p. 118. (Reliability: 3), 12 Apr 2011.

    4. [S230] Genealogical & Personal Memoirs Relating to the Famlies of the State of MA, Wililam Richard Cutter and William Frederick Adams, (New York, NY: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1910.), Vol. 3: p. 1424. (Reliability: 3), 9 Jul 2011.

    5. [S626] European History: 1088-1228, E.M. Sewwll and C.M. Yonge, editors, (London, England: Macmillan and Co., 1873.), p. 2. (Reliability: 4), 4 May 2013.

    6. [S165] Library of Universal History and Popular Science, Israel Smith Clare and George Edwin Rines, (New York, NY: The Bancroft Society, 1910.), Vol. 7: p. 2247. (Reliability: 3), 1 Apr 2011.

    7. [S165] Library of Universal History and Popular Science, Israel Smith Clare and George Edwin Rines, (New York, NY: The Bancroft Society, 1910.), Vol. 7: p. 2246. (Reliability: 3), 1 Apr 2011.

    8. [S623] History of the Markham Family, David Frederick Markham, (London, England: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1854.), p. 21. (Reliability: 4), 4 May 2013.

    9. [S165] Library of Universal History and Popular Science, Israel Smith Clare and George Edwin Rines, (New York, NY: The Bancroft Society, 1910.), Vol. 7: p. 2249. (Reliability: 3), 1 Apr 2011.