Hello! I know it’s been a while but I’ve been planning a big several-post project to find out who YOU think is the best English monarch. The first post is going to be monarchs from William the Conqueror to Richard II. I will do a short explanatory paragraph on each monarch so you will know what they did. Then, leave a comment to say who your best English monarch is and say why.
Got it? OK, here we go…
William I: Otherwise known as William the Conqueror, this guy… well, let’s think… invaded England, burned towns, killed people… but he introduced new words, new foods and the New Forest (Well, he didn’t bring it to England, he just named it). He also wrote the Domesday book.
William II: Also known as William Rufus because of his red hair, this guy fought off revolts and invasions from Scotland then got shot in the eye while hunting in his father’s forest. Such irony!
Henry I: This King seized the throne from his brother and married his brother’s enemies’ daughter. The Duke of Normandy didn’t want him to be King so they fought… Henry won, naturally.
Henry II: Had an argument with his Archbishop Thomas Becket and had him murdered. His wife and sons then rebelled, but he won.
Richard I: Didn’t do much because he only spent seven months in Britain during his ten-year reign because he went and fought in the Crusades most of the time.
King John: Confiscated Church property so the Pope said the King of France could overthrow him. Also, angered the barons so they made him sign the Magna Carta.
Edward III: The King who started the 100 year’s war by trying to put his mum on the French throne. The French were NOT happy!
Richard II: My favourite king, Richard II was at least better than Richard I! He stopped the peasant’s revolt and signed a peace treaty with France by marrying the King of France’s six year old daughter!
So remember, for this first section, leave a comment on who YOU think is the best English monarch from 1066 to 1399 and say why. You can do your own research and part 2, Henry IV to Henry VIII is coming soon!