Stephen of Blois


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Stephen of Blois

 (blwä) 1097?-1154.
King of England (1135-1154). The grandson of William the Conqueror, he was the last Norman king of England. He struggled for the throne with his cousin Princess Matilda, who governed briefly in 1141 until Stephen defeated her.
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This narrative section is lucid, highly readable, and is spiced with Hollister's humour, as when he notes that the digestive illness which prevented Stephen of Blois (later King Stephen) from sailing on the ill-fated White Ship may have determined the future history of England.
Coventry Castle began life during the Baron's War, this 18-year-old civil war began after the death of Henry I in 1135, when Henry's nephew, Stephen of Blois, seized the throne and Henry's daughter, Matilda, claimed it, forcing a split in the baron's allegiance.
Many of Europe's leading lords took part, among them Godfrey of Bouillon, Stephen of Blois and Robert of Normandy.