Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 5205
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  • Title: Affairs of State: The Illegitimate Children of Henry I [Appendix A lists and comments on the twenty-five illegitimate children acknowledged by Henry I].
  • Source: Journal of Medieval History 29, 2 (June 2003): Pages 129 - 151.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Children Concubines Family Henry I, King of England Illegitimacy Kings Politics Sexuality
  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 11-12
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  • Table: Two tables. Table One The family of Robert of Gloucester. Table Two Reconstruction of the Dunstanville family including Sibyl, who bore King Henry a son, Reginald, Earl of Cornwall.
  • Abstract: 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 families possible and there are signs of family solidarity among his children. Some amendments to, and new interpretations of, the Complete Peerage list of Henry's children are given.
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  • Year of Publication: 2003.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 03044181
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