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Kings of England

When England first came to be, it didn't have just one king. There were several kings in rule depending on what area of the country you resided in. For example, there was the king of the Celtics, the king of the Danes (Vikings), and the king of the Saxons. This division lasted for quite some time, until finally the crowns came together and one ruler was presiding over the land. King William I invaded England from Normandy, France, and ruled from 1066-1087. King Henry I was the youngest son of William I, and ruled for about 35 years. When his two sons drowned, he offered his throne to his daughter, Matilda. King Henry II was the son of Matilda and ruled the throne at the very young age of 21. Perhaps one of the most well known kings of England was King Richard I the Lionheart. He earned his nickname because of his sheer bravery and warrior like attitude. He never had any children.

King Henry III was perhaps one of the most significant kings of England because he built Westminster Abbey and created the concept of Parliament. His rule would become a major influence on the government, and on future kings of England. King Henry VIII is one of the most infamous kings of England. He is perhaps best known for having eight wives! The king also constantly argued with the Pope and declared himself the new king of the Church of England. King Henry VII, however was much loved by his country and ruled during a time of great prosperity. There were many other kings of England, and all made their own important mark on the country and how it came to be today. The legacy of these kings lives on in stories and folklore, as well as in the English psyche and imagination.