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Olly asked in Society & CultureRoyalty · 10 years ago

Who took over Henry I after losing his only legitimate son William Adelin?

3 Answers

  • 10 years ago

    Britain has never adopted Salic Law, which means females were never barred from inheriting the Throne. However, at the time of Henry I's death, England has never had a female Monarch, which was a huge issue since Henry's only remaining legitimate child was a girl, Matilda.

    Henry made all his Barons swear allegiance to Matilda and she was set to succeed him. However, soon after Henry's death, his nephew Stephen (aided by most of the Barons) staged an uprising against Matilda and usurped the Throne. Thus, Matilda was never crowned Queen of England. She didn't give up, however, and a civil war gripped the country. Luck switched sides quite often during the war, however after many years of fighting Stephen lost a lot of support and Matilda's chances seemed to be more favourable. Tired of bloodshed and never ending war, Matilda and Stephen made a deal, which stipulated that Stephen would continue reigning till his death but would be succeeded by Matilda's son (future Henry II).

  • ?
    Lv 6
    10 years ago

    Stephen of Blois the Kings nephew seized the throne however his daughter Matilda raised and army and started a bitter civil war to reclaim her throne. She briefly ruled but ultimately her reign failed because the nobles thought it unseemly that one of her sex could act in the way of a King. So qualities they would have approved on in a man were unacceptable in a women and Stephen reclaimed the throne.

    However he son would later invade England and force Stephen to recognize him as heir over his own children.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Stephen of Blois


    You couldn't have done that?

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