Saturday, July 5, 2008

Henry I "Beauclerc" King of England

23rd great-Grandparents
Henry I "Beauclerc" King of England, son of William I and Matilda Countess of Flanders. Henry's wife Matilda "Atheling" also called Edith, Princess of Scottland was the daughter of Malcolm III Canmore King of Scotland and Saint Margaret "Atheling" Princess of England.
Henry I of England and a Surfeit of Eels
Mick Reasor
Gouache on paper
2.5 x 3.5 inches

Henry I (c. 1068/1069 – 1 December 1135) was the fourth son of William I the Conqueror the first King of England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. He succeeded his elder brother William II as King of England in 1100 and defeated his eldest brother, Robert Curthose, to become Duke of Normandy in 1106. Henry died of food poisoning from eating "a surfeit of lampreys" (of which he was excessively fond). Henry's last words were reported to have been: "I can't help myself. The eels, they keep calling my name...."

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