Affairs of State: the illegitimate children of Henry I

@article{Thompson2003AffairsOS,
  title={Affairs of State: the illegitimate children of Henry I},
  author={K. Thompson},
  journal={Journal of Medieval History},
  year={2003},
  volume={29},
  pages={129 - 151}
}
  • K. Thompson
  • Published 2003
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Medieval History
The use of illegitimate children to further political designs was not unusual among medieval kings, but the number of Henry I of England’s offspring was remarkable, even by contemporary standards. There is no indication that he chose his partners from the diverse racial groups within the Anglo-Norman realm as a political gesture and they were mostly taken from the same social grouping that provided his ‘new men’. Henry’s peripatetic lifestyle made the maintenance of multiple partnerships and… Expand
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