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.

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.

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.

If you can't beat them, join them!  William the Conqueror was descended from Vikings and Normandy was a prize:

If you can't beat them, join them! William the Conqueror was descended from Vikings and Normandy was a prize:

Henry I Of England - statue in Westminster//known as Henry Beauclerc (or Educated) the fourth son of William the Conqueror. Henry married 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 skilfully manipulated the barons in England and Normandy as well as his daughter and nephew who fought for his throne after his death.

Henry I Of England - statue in Westminster//known as Henry Beauclerc (or Educated) the fourth son of William the Conqueror. Henry married 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 skilfully manipulated the barons in England and Normandy as well as his daughter and nephew who fought for his throne after his death.

Worcester Cathedral Tomb and effigy of King John, son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, and brother of King Richard I.

Worcester Cathedral Tomb and effigy of King John, son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, and brother of King Richard I.

A statue of Anna Yaroslavna in the Saint Vincent Abbey, Senlis, France. She founded the Abbey in 1060. Anna Yaroslavna (circa 1024 - 1086) was a daughter of the Russian Grand Prince Yaroslav the Wise (circa 978 - 1054) and a spouse of the French King Henry I. #medieval #Russian #history

A statue of Anna Yaroslavna in the Saint Vincent Abbey, Senlis, France. She founded the Abbey in 1060. Anna Yaroslavna (circa 1024 - 1086) was a daughter of the Russian Grand Prince Yaroslav the Wise (circa 978 - 1054) and a spouse of the French King Henry I. #medieval #Russian #history

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