Line of English Monarchs

Introduction

Not all the known Kings of England are listed before the Normans, only those of importance to understanding the English Monarchy, and their relationship with France. After the Norman Conquest the list is complete. Until Edward III each entry on this page links to the Wikipedia page on that Monarch. From Edward I through James I the entries are taken from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, with a paragraph at the top detailing the importance of the Monarch to this packet. After James I the entries return to Wikipedia links.
For those kings who exist as both historical monarchs and characters in Shakespeare’s work, the links on this page lead to the historical account. The link on the characters page leads to a page detailing Shakespeare’s character.

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Before the Normans

Alfred the Great
Ethelred the Unready
Harthacanute
Edward the Confessor
Harold Godwinson
Edgar the Atheling

The Normans

William I The Conqueror
William II Rufus
Henry I
Stephen
Empress Matilda

Plantagenet

Henry II
Henry the Young King
Richard I
John
Henry III
Edward I Longhshanks
Edward II
Edward III
Richard II

Lancaster

Henry IV Bolingbroke
Henry V
Henry VI

York

Edward IV
Edward V
Richard III

Tudor

Henry VII
Henry VIII
Edward VI
Lady Jane Grey
Mary I
Elizabeth I

Stuart

James I
Charles I

Commonwealth

Oliver Cromwell
Richard Cromwell

Stewart Restored

Charles II
James II
Mary II
William III
Anne

Hanover

George I
George II
George III
George IV
William IV
Victoria

Saxe-Coburg-Gotha

Edward VII

Windsor

George V
Edward VIII
George VI
Elizabeth II

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