On this day 6th January, 1066 the last Anglo-Saxon King of England Harold II was crowned. He reigned for ten months before he died at the Battle of Hastings, fighting the Norman invaders led by William the Conqueror. Harold was the first of only three Kings of England to have died in battle, the other being Richard I and Richard III
Alfred the Great, was King of Wessex from 871 to 899. Alfred is noted for his defence of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of southern England against the Vikings, becoming the only English king to be accorded the epithet “the Great”. Alfred was the first King of the West Saxons to style himself “King of the Anglo-Saxons”.
King Stephen (1135-1154). House of Blois. 1st cousin 25 times removed to Queen Elizabeth II. Reign: 18 yrs, 10 mos, 3 days. Succeeded by 2nd cousin Henry II. Grandson of William the Conqueror; elected king in 1135. Previously recognized Henry I's daughter Matilda as heiress to the throne. Matilda landed in England in 1139, civil war with fighting between Stephen and forces loyal to Matilda. Stephen recognized Matilda's son, Henry, as his own heir in 1153.
Anne of Kiev Queen of France my 29th great grandmother - She wrote to her father that Francia was "a barbarous country where the houses are gloomy, the churches ugly and the customs revolting." Anna complained that the French could not write and read, and did not wash themselves. Anna of Kiev could write and read five languages, including Greek and Latin, while her husband Henry the First and his entire court could not write and read, and signed themselves with a cross.