The illegitimate daughters of Henry I of England

King Henry I of England (r.1100-1135) holds the record for an English monarch with the most acknowledged illegitimate children. He is estimated to have had between 20 and 25 illegitimate children, most of them daughters. Unfortunately, not much is written of these daughters. The chroniclers seemed to care more about his illegitimate sons, especially Robert, [read more]

Joan Lady of Wales

Joan – Daughter of the King and Lady of Wales

Joan was born circa 1191 as the illegitimate daughter of King John of England and a woman named Clemence. We know her mother’s name as it was mentioned in Joan’s obituary where she is called Regina Clementina, though there is no evidence of a Queen Clemence. He was legally married to Isabella, Countess of Gloucester [read more]

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Finding a King and maybe a Princess at Reading Abbey

Richard III’s discovery and burial have prompted the search for another King. King Henry I was the son of William the Conqueror and Matilda of Flanders. He had two legitimate children, William Adelin, who drowned in the White Ship disaster and Matilda, whose son Henry would eventually follow Henry’s nephew Stephen on the throne. Henry [read more]