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Kings and Royal Berkshire King Henry I (1068-1135)

Henry, the youngest son of William the Conqueror, was born in September 1068 in Selby, West Yorkshire. With two elder brothers, his prospects of becoming king were slim. But fortunately for Henry, Robert Curthose, who had inherited Normandy, and William Rufus, who had been given England, did not get on, resulting in William invading Normandy and deposing his brother. William Rufus was surprisingly adept at making enemies and when he was killed by a stray arrow while hunting in the New Forest, rumours of murder were rife.

Henry, who was one of the hunting party, seized the opportunity. He raced to Winchester to secure the throne - and the royal treasury - before making his way to Westminster, where he was crowned King Henry I four days later, on August 6th 1100.

Despite his numerous bastard progeny, King Henry had only one other legitimate child, his heir, Prince William, a boisterous young man whom the monarch completely idolized. Tragically, in 1120, the prince was needlessly drowned - along with many of his generation at court - while making a return trip from Normandy in the 'White Ship' which ran aground and sank. It is said that Henry never smiled again. His first wife having died in 1118, Henry took a second, Adeliza of Louvain, in 1122. But, despite the lady being many years his junior, the marriage remained childless. So, four years later, while staying for Christmas at Windsor Castle, the King designated as his successor, his widowed daughter, the Empress Matilda; and all the barons swore to uphold her rights after his death. The following May, Henry also found his daughter a new husband, in the person of Geoffrey, the rather young heir to the County of Anjou.

Henry VI-- The last king of the Lancastrian dynasty, Henry VI was born at Windsor Castle on 6th December, 1421 and became King of England in his cradle, he was barely nine months old when his famous father, Henry V, died of dysentry on campaign in France. Two months later he became King of France also, when his grandfather, the mentally unstable Charles VI, died.

In 1453, at the age of 32, Henry VI began to exhibit signs of serious mental illness. By means of a "sudden fright" he entered into a trance-like state reacting to and recognising no one. Catatonic schizophrenia or depressive stupor have been suggested as a likely diagnosis. This was probably an inheritance from his grandfather, Charles VI of France, who himself suffered from bouts of schizophrenia, which is reported to have come on suddenly in 1392 when he was then aged 24, into which he then suffered relapses for the next 30 years. Charles VI's mother, Joanna de Bourbon, also exhibited signs of mental illness, as did various ancestors of hers, including Louis I, Duke of Bourbon, Peter I, Duke of Bourbon, Louis II, Duke of Bourbon. King Henry Six was buried in Chertsey Abbey, Later moved to St. Georges Chapel, Windsor, 1484. Early in the next year he was taken over to France, and after long delay crowned in Paris on the 26th of December 1431. His return to London on the 14th of February 1432 was celebrated with a great pageant devised by Lydgate. During these early years Bedford ruled France wisely and at first with success, but he could not prevent the mischief which Humphrey of Gloucester caused both at home and abroad. Even in France the English lost ground steadily after the victory of Joan of Arc before Orleans in 1429. The climax came with the death of Bedford, and defection of Philip of Burgundy in 1435. This closed the first phase of Henry's reign.

Henry actually presided over his first Parliament from his Mothers arms. Had a breakdown in 1452. Was captured in 1460 and deposed in 1461. Briefly restored in 1470. Was stabbed to death in The Tower of London. Henry VI was King of England 1422 to 1461 (though with a Regent until 1437) and then 1470 to 1471, and a claimant to the kingdom of France 1422 to 1453.