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February 3, 2011 @ 9:20 pm

19. Henry I

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The death of Rufus in 1100 sees the accession of a rather more sober character in his younger brother, Henry I. Although Henry's more than capable of holding his own in battle he proves the benefit of brain over brawn and rules over the Anglo-Norman realm with great success, bringing a touch of intellectualism to the court. In case that all sounds a bit dull, Henry's long reign also has time for scandal and tragedy so there's plenty to get your teeth into!

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  • Hardy Marcks von Würtemberg

    Don’t know yet, look forward to hearing it.

    Feb 13, 2011 at 1:20 pm
  • rexfactor

    Hope you liked it!

    Feb 14, 2011 at 10:21 pm
  • Laura

    He died eating lampreys - that’s brilliant! I went to a lecture by a food historian once, and he said that lampreys were considered an aphrodisiac in the medieval period. Could that explain Henry’s many illegimate children and ‘avid hetrosexual’ personality?! It’s slighly ironic that he died while eating an aphrodisiac, had over 20 children yet still left the country a mess due to the lack on an heir.

    I’m not convinced he deserved a Rex Factor. He promoted law and order, but just not if it involved his innocent grandchildren who he was happy to have blinded! Plus points for the zoo and setting up his daughter to take the throne – but could have done better.

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:24 pm
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