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Roi Henri I De France

Roi Henri I De France

Male 1008 - 1060  (52 years)

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  • Name Roi Henri I De France 
    Born 4 May, 1008  France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    History Source :
    "Henry I (4 May 1008 \endash 4 August 1060) was the King of the Franks from 1031 to his death. The royal demesne of France reached its smallest size during his reign, and for this reason he is often seen as emblematic of the weakness of the early Capetians. This is not entirely agreed upon, however, as other historians regard him as a strong but realistic king, who was forced to conduct a policy mindful of the limitations of the French monarchy.

    A member of the House of Capet, Henry was born in Reims, the son of King Robert II (972\endash 1031) and Constance of Arles (986\endash 1034). He was crowned King of France at the Cathedral in Reims on 14 May 1027, in the Capetian tradition, while his father still lived. He had little influence and power until he became sole ruler on his father's death.

    The reign of Henry I, like those of his predecessors, was marked by territorial struggles. Initially, he joined his brother Robert, with the support of their mother, in a revolt against his father (1025). His mother, however, supported Robert as heir to the old king, on whose death Henry was left to deal with his rebel sibling. In 1032, he placated his brother by giving him the duchy of Burgundy which his father had given him in 1016.

    In an early strategic move, Henry came to the rescue of his very young nephew-in-law, the newly appointed Duke William of Normandy (who would go on to become William the Conqueror), to suppress a revolt by William's vassals. In 1047, Henry secured the dukedom for William in their decisive victory over the vassals at the Battle of Val-├Ęs-Dunes near Caen.

    A few years later, when William married Matilda, the daughter of the count of Flanders, Henry feared William's potential power. In 1054, and again in 1057, Henry went to war to try to conquer Normandy from William, but on both occasions he was defeated. Despite his efforts, Henry I's twenty-nine-year reign saw feudal power in France reach its pinnacle.
    King Henry I died on 4 August 1060 in Vitry-en-Brie, France, and was interred in Saint Denis Basilica. He was succeeded by his son, Philip I of France, who was 7 at the time of his death; for six years Henry I's Queen, Anne of Kiev, ruled as regent.

    He was also Duke of Burgundy from 1016 to 1032, when he abdicated the duchy to his brother Robert Capet.  [1
    Died 4 Aug, 1060  Vitry-Aux-Loges, Centre, France, age 52 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Basilique Royale De Saint-Denis, lle-de-France, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I192  Ellie Wood Keith
    Last Modified 12 May 2017 

    Family Anne De Kiev,   b. 1024/1036, Ukraine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1076/1079, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years) 
    +1. Roi Phillippe I De France,   b. 1052,   d. 30 Jul, 1108, Chateau de melun, Ile-de-France, France, age 56 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
    Last Modified 12 May 2017 
    Family ID F91  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    1. [S13] Genealogy-Knights from Continental Europe to England'Ireland, Patrick R. Knight, (http://knight-france.com/geneal/names/1336.htm).