Henry I, King of England - The fourth son of William the Conqueror, Henry succeeded his elder brother William II as King in 1100 and defeated his eldest brother, Robert Curthose, to become Duke of Normandy in 1106. He married Princess Matilda of Scotland to unite the Normans and Saxons. Generation 27 on our family tree.
Tomb of Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury, son of William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley. After his education at Cambridge, Salisbury was made Secretary of State in 1590, and he became the leading minister after the death of his father in 1598, serving both Queen Elizabeth I and King James as Secretary of State. For most of his working life, he served as spymaster for King James. Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, England.
A Plantagenet prince, the rich and powerful John of Gaunt (1340 - 1399 ). His liaison with a commoner called Katherine Swynford produced four illegitimate children who were given the name Beaufort ( He married Katherine in 1396 and their children, by this time adults, were legitimised).Their son John was the Great-Great Grandfather of King Henry VIII of England.
(3253)Henry I Of England - statue in Westminster//known as Henry Beauclerc (or Educated) the fourth son of William the Conqueror. Henry married (3254)Matilda of Scotland but continued to have a large number of mistresses, by whom he had many illegitimate children. Considered by contemporaries to be a harsh but effective ruler, Henry skillfully manipulated the barons in England and Normandy as well as his daughter and nephew who fought for his throne after his death.
(My 30th great grandmother) Matilda of Flanders (c. 1031 – 2 November 1083) was the wife of William the Conqueror and, as such, Queen consort of the Kingdom of England. She bore William nine children, including two kings, William II and Henry I.