Henry I of Engand dies 1135

walwyn Sat, 09/17/2011 - 21:30
Sunday, December 1, 1135

On the 1st of December 1135 King Henry I of England died of food poisoning after eating Lampreys at Lyons-la-Forêt in Normandy. His body was taken back to England, where he was buried at Reading Abbey. His surviving daughter Matilda was to have become Queen, but Henry's nephew, Stephen of Blois, claimed the throne with the support of the barons. In 1139 Matilda, her half brother Robert of Gloucester, and 140 Knights landed at Arundel in West Sussex. This resulted in a civil war between supporters of Stephen and Matilda that lasted nineteen years, until Stephen agreed to name Matilda's son as his successor.