Sunday, April 17, 2016

A few portraits of early English Royals


1066 King William I, (1027-1087) Reigned 1066–87

The early rulers of England portrayed in the full glory of power. Here are a few of my favorites.  These portraits are from the National Portrait Gallery in London.  They are claimed to have been painted before the mid-1600s.


1100 King Henry I, (1068-1135) Reigned 1100–1135 (Henry I fathered more than 20 children, but only 2 were legitimate: William the Ætheling, who died in a shipwreck, & the Empress Matilda. When Henry died in 1135, his decision to name Matilda as his heir led to the 19-year civil war known as the Anarchy.)



1135 King Stephen,  (1092–1154)  Reigned 1135–54



1154 King Henry II 1133-1189 Reigned 1154-1189



1199 King John  1066-1216  Reigned 1199 - 1216



1216 King Edward II 1207-1272  Reigned 1216-1272



1327 King Edward III 1312-1377  Reigned 1327-1377



1377 King Richard II 1367-1400  Reigned 1377-1399



1461 King Edward IV (1442-1483), Reigned 1461-70 and 1471-83  


1483 King Edward V1470-1483  Reigned 1483



1483 King Richard III  1452-1485  Reigned 1483-1485



1485 King Henry VII (1457-1509), Reigned 1485-1509



1509 King Henry VIII, 1491-1547  Reigned 1509–1547


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