Brough's Books on Stephen I of England

Stephen I of England

History of England
Home > History > Stephen I of England
dblogoRelated Books
History Index
English History
European History
Medieval England
Irish History
Scottish History
Welsh History
Tudor Period
Stuart Era
Charles I
Elizabeth I
Henry VIII
English Civil War
Spanish Armada
History A-Z
History Magazines
Click here for UK Books
History Books UK

Related Articles
  • British Monarchs 
  • Authority: King of England, Count of Boulogne and with claims in Normandy (until 1145) 

    Stephen, Norman King of England, reigned from 1135 to 1154 CE, when he was succeeded by his cousin (or, as the gossip of the time had it, his natural son) Henry II, the first of the Angevin or Plantagenet Kings. 

    Stephen was born in about 1096, at Blois in France, the son of Stephen, Count of Blois, and Adela, daughter of King William I of England. He became Count of Mortain in about 1115, and married Matilda, daughter of the Count of Boulogne, in about 1125. 

    On the death of King Henry I of England in 1135, the throne should have passed to his daughter, the Empress Maud. Like the other nobles under Henry's rule, Stephen had sworn to support her as queen. However, because of a general belief that women were unfit to rule, he usurped the throne in her absence, and civil war broke out between their respective supporters. Maud alienated many of her supporters because of her arrogance; Stephen, on the other hand, was a weak ruler, and there was much switching of allegiances. 

    In April, 1141, Stephen was defeated and imprisoned at Bristol. His wife, Matilda, kept faith, and Maud was forced out of London. With the capture of her most able lieutenant, her illegitimate half-brother, Robert of Gloucester, she was obliged to release Stephen from captivity, and he was restored to the throne in November of the same year. In December 1142, Maud was besieged at Oxford, and the story of her escape on a snowy night has become legendary. 

    Stephen maintained his precarious hold on the throne for the remainder of his lifetime. However, following the death of his son and heir, Eustace, in 1153, he was persuaded to reach a compromise with Maud whereby her son, Henry (from her second marriage to Geoffrey of Anjou), would succeed Stephen on the English throne. 

    Stephen died on October 25, 1154, at Dover, and was buried in Faversham Abbey. He was succeeded as king by Maud's son, Henry II of England. 

    Preceded by:
    Henry I
    List of British Monarchs Succeeded by:
    Preceded by:
    Succeeded by:
    Henry II


    This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License, which means that you can copy and modify it as long as the entire work (including additions) remains under this license. See for details. It uses material from the Wikipedia article Stephen_I_of_England

    Search This Site

    History A-Z - Africa - Americas- Ancient - Asia - Europe - Medieval - Middle East - Military - Oceania - Russia - United States - World
    Copyright © 1997-2024
    Pandora's Box. Do NOT go here or bad things will happen!