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House of Blois - King Stephen

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King Stephen
Name: King Stephen
Father: Stephen, Count of Blois
Mother: Adela (daughter of William I)
Born: c.1097 at Blois, France
Ascended to the throne: December 22, 1135
Crowned: December 26, 1135 at Westminster Abbey
Married: Matilda, Daughter of Eustace III, Count of Boulogne
Died: October 25, 1154 at Dover, Kent
Buried at: Faversham, Kent

King of England from 1135. A grandson of William the Conqueror, he was elected king in 1135, although he had previously recognized Henry I's daughter Matilda as heiress to the throne. Matilda landed in England in 1139, and civil war disrupted the country with fighting between Stephen and forces loyal to Matilda. Stephen was briefly taken prisoner and Matilda declared Queen until she was defeated at the Battle of Farringdon in 1145. In 1153 Stephen acknowledged Matilda's son, Henry II, as his own heir



 Stephen usurps the throne from Matilda, Henry’s daughter. 


 The Earl of Norfolk leads the first rebellion against Stephen starting civil war known as 'The Anarchy'.  


 Owain Gwynedd of Wales defeats the English at Crug Mawr 


 Robert, Earl of Gloucester, an illegitimate son of Henry I, deserts Stephen and pledges allegiance to Matilda. 


 David I of Scotland invades England in support of his niece, Matilda, but is defeated at Northallerton. 


 Matilda leaves France and lands in England. 


 Matilda’s forces take Stephen prisoner at the Battle of Lincoln, and Matilda is proclaimed queen. 


 Earl Robert is captured and exchanged for Stephen’s freedom. 


 Stephen defeats Matilda’s forces at the Battle of Faringdon. 


 Matilda abandons her cause and leaves England. 


 Matilda's son Henry Plantagenet (later Henry II) invades England but runs out of money. Stephen pays for Henry's return to Normandy 


 Matilda's husband Geoffrey of Anjou dies and their son, Henry Plantagenet, succeeds his father as Count of Anjou. 


 Henry lands in England again, and gathers support for further war against Stephen. 


 Henry and Stephen agree terms for ending the civil war. Under the terms of the Treaty of Westminster, Stephen is to remain King for life, but thereafter the throne passes to Henry. 


 Stephen dies. 

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