English Rulers



How many books about English or British monarchs have you read? I'd like to eventually read something about each of them. Here is the list starting with William the Conqueror. I chose to start with William I because that is where Horrible Histories start. For a listing of earlier kings see here and here. I am listing the years of their reigns--not their birth/death dates. Perhaps of interest: a list of English consorts. I'll be updating this list with links as time permits!

William I (William the Conqueror), 1066-1087
William II (William Rufus) 1087-1100
Henry I (Henry Beauclerc) 1100-1135
Stephen (Stephen of Blois) 1135-1154
Henry II (Henry Curtmantle) 1154-1189
Richard I (Richard the Lionheart) 1189-1199
John (John Lackland or Jean sans Terre) 1199-1216
Henry III (Henry of Winchester) 1216-1272
Edward I (Longshanks) 1272-1307
Edward II (Edward of Caernarfon) 1307-1327
Edward III (1327-1377)
Richard II (1377-1399)
Henry IV (Bolinbroke) 1399-1413
Henry V 1413-1422
Henry VI 1422-1461; 1470-1471
Edward IV 1461-1470; 1471-1483
Edward V 1483
Richard III 1483-1485
Henry VII 1485-1509
Henry VIII 1509-1547
Edward VI 1547-1553
Mary I 1553-1558
Elizabeth 1558-1603
James I 1603-1625
Charles I 1625-1649
Charles II 1660-1685
James II 1685-1688
Mary II 1689-1694
William III 1689-1702
Anne 1702-1714
George I 1714-1727
George II 1727-1760
George III 1760-1820
George IV 1820-1830 (Regent from 1811 on)
William IV 1830-1837
Victoria 1837-1901
Edward VII 1901-1910
George V 1910-1936
Edward VIII 1936
George VI 1936-1952
Elizabeth II 1952-present

Others:
  • Matilda (Empress Matilda) 1141
  • Henry the Young King (co-ruled with father) 1170-1183
  • Louis The Lion (Louis VIII of France) 1216-1217
  • Jane Grey July 10-19th 1553
  • Philip (Mary's husband) 1554-1558
  • Oliver Cromwell 1653-1658
  • Richard Cromwell 1658-1659
General Resources Covering Multiple Kings and Queens:

Wars of the Roses (Henry VI through Battle of Bosworth Field)

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