King William I
Called William the Conqueror
King William II
Killed in a hunting "accident"; probably murdered
King Henry I
Reigned Before the Normans:
Reigned After the Normans:
The Angevin Dynasty (reigned 1154-1216)
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England Under the Norman and Angevin Kings, 1075-1225 by Robert Bartlett. Provides a vivid picture of everyday existence in Norman and Angevin times.
The Normans: History of a Dynasty by David Crouch. Looks at the dynasty's history of ruthless ambition, lust, rivalry, and war between brothers and cousins.
Plantagenet Descent by Thomas R. Moore. The author traces his family's descent from William the Conqueror to the 20th century.
King William I
William Rufus by Frank Barlow. King William II, better known as William Rufus, was William the Conqueror's favorite son. A very unpopular king, William Rufus was murdered in 1100, perhaps at the instigation of his own brother. This biography presents William Rufus in an unusually sympathetic light.
King Rufus: The Life and Mysterious Death of William II of England by Emma Mason. This biography of William Rufus, who reigned from 1087 to 1100, promises to reveal the truth behind his death, settling one of medieval England's most enduring mysteries.
Robert Curthose: Duke of Normandy, c.1050-1134 by William Aird. Twice driven into exile, Robert defeated his father, William the Conqueror, in battle and eventually succeeded to the duchy of Normandy. His role in the First Crusade made him one of the most famous warriors of his age.
The Conqueror's Son: Duke Robert Curthose, Thwarted King by Katherine Lack. Biography of William the Conqueror's eldest son, whose throne was usurped by his brothers William Rufus and Henry I.
Henry I by C. Warren Hollister, edited by Amanda Clark Frost. A scholarly portrait from the Yale English Monarchs Series.
Henry I: King of England and Duke of Normandy by Judith Green. According to this biography, Henry was a fascinating but repellent personality. His outlook was essentially traditional, and he made some hugely significant developments in governance.
Matilda of Scotland and the Development of Medieval Queenship by Lois L. Huneycutt. Matilda, daughter of Malcolm II of Scotland, was the wife of King Henry I of England.
The Empress Matilda: Queen Consort, Queen Mother and Lady of the English by Majorie Chibnall. Granddaughter of William the Conqueror and daughter of Henry I, Matilda fought for the throne of England for nine years, and was denied it largely because she was a woman. This biography examines her career as Henry's daughter, wife and consort of Emperor Henry V, and as regent for her son Henry II.
King Stephen by Edmund King. Biography that focuses on the strengths and weaknesses of a king who lost control of his destiny.
The Anarchy of King Stephen's Reign edited by Edmund King. Leading scholars present a study of medieval kingship at its most vulnerable and explain how the English monarchy was able to survive anarchy.
King Stephen by Donald Matthew. This biography challenges traditional assumptions about the disastrous nature of this English king's reign.
King Stephen's Reign (1135-1154) edited by Paul Dalton and Graeme J. White. Leading scholars assess the English king's turbulent reign.
King Stephen by R. H. C. Davis. Biography. This biography is considered the standard account of its subject. Out of print, but available from Alibris.
The Reign of King Stephen: 1135-1154 by David Crouch examines every aspect of Stephen's reign.
When Christ and His Saints Slept by Sharon Kay Penman. Well-regarded novel about Empress Matilda (Maude) from a popular author of royal fiction. Followed by Time and Chance, about Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, and Devil's Brood.
Lady of the English by Elizabeth Chadwick. Novel about two 12th century royal English women: Adeliza, widow of King Henry I, and Empress Matilda, the king's daughter.
The Forgotten Queen by Haley Elizabeth Garwood. Novel about Empress Matilda.
The Fatal Crown by Ellen Jones. Novel that suggests Matilda had a love affair with her rival King Stephen. From Alibris.
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