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Old 04-03-2015, 10:49 AM
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King Stephen (Stephen of Blois) - (c. 1092-1154)

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The remains of an English king could be dug up from a Faversham school field.

Just days after thousands gathered for the reburial of Richard III, plans to excavate the playing fields at the Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School (QE) have been unveiled with the hope finding the bones of King Stephen.

The body of the medieval king, along with his wife Queen Matilda and son Eustace, were buried in the grounds of the former Faversham Abbey church in 1154.
More: Is King Stephen under Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School playing fields in Faversham?
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Old 04-03-2015, 09:29 PM
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What a tumultuous reign Stephen had! Never able to reign with full confidence after 1138. It must have been a ghastly time to be alive. Life was hard enough without a civil war raging.
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Old 04-03-2015, 09:52 PM
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Have you read The Brother Cadfael Books, by Ellis Peters? They take place during King Stephen's reign and the Civil War.
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Old 04-03-2015, 09:54 PM
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And, I agree. Seems like a hard time to live in so many ways.
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The Children of King Stephen

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Old 05-16-2015, 09:06 AM
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Sharon Kay Penman has a whole series covering this era and beyond. It's fiction however the historical content is accurate from what I understand/have read.

It starts when Matilda was only a girl and covers everything from that point to thru/during the reign of King John (her grandson).


https://faceintheblue.wordpress.com/...enryiitrilogy/


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Old 12-04-2015, 01:03 PM
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Monarchy Rules: A Look At King Stephen

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I like Stephan...I don't know why but I can't help to Like him...I also like Henry II.
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The Anarchy from BBC4 : Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss

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I like Stephan...I don't know why but I can't help to Like him...I also like Henry II.
I too like Stephen - sure he wasn't all that good a monarch but I still like him (but then I prefer John to his brother as well).

Something about them appeals to me somehow.
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I like Stephan and dislike both John and Richard, both were wastes too me. I'm also a staunch lover of Henry VII who also doesn't happen to hate Richard III.
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Stephen and Matilda founded a monastery at Faversham as a thanks for peace and sponsored the Order of the Temple through the donation of a number of Matilda's properties in Boulogne and England.
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Mary was the youngest daughter of King Stephen. She was the suo jure Countess of Boulogne from 1159 to 1170. Why was she abducted?
http://www.historyofroyalwomen.com/m...ss-of-boulogne
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Mary was the youngest daughter of King Stephen. She was the suo jure Countess of Boulogne from 1159 to 1170. Why was she abducted?
http://www.historyofroyalwomen.com/m...ss-of-boulogne
Simple: Power.

Stephen's wife Mathilda was Countess of Bologne in her own right. Mathilda died in 1152. Marie's eldest brother Eustace died in 1153 and her brother William in 1159. They were both childless. That left Marie as the only living heir to her mother's estate. By abducting and marrying her, Mathew became joint ruler. Even when their marriage was annulled, and she returned to the abbey, he remained ruling until his death. Her daughter and heir Ida didn't become countess until her father's death. Mathew was a younger son, power was a huge drive.
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Old 10-07-2018, 08:28 PM
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Why did the English Church refuse to recognize King Stephen's son, Prince Eustace as Stephen's heir?
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Was a terrible time for Roger of Salisbury. Barons pushed King Stephen around. I think if it had gone to Rome Stephen would of been excommunicated.
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Roger of Salisbury is a good book on some of the pressures King Stephen had.



In June 1139 Roger of Salisbury and his nephews were arrested by King Stephen. Since the time of William Stubbs, this “arrest of the bishops” has been regarded as a turning point of Stephen's reign or even the beginning of the “anarchy”. It is said to have ruptured the alliance between the Church and the Crown which had lasted since the accession of Stephen. It is also supposed to have destroyed the sophisticated administrative machinery which had been developed under the direction of Roger of Salisbury.In spite of these arguments, however, closer scrutiny of various chronicles and charters makes it clear that the traditional view can no longer be upheld. The Church seems to have continued to support Stephen even after the arrest of the bishops and at least until the Battle of Lincoln in 1141, as virtually all the English and Welsh bishops attended the king's court between these two incidents. Likewise, in this period many local administrators were still attending the king's court and the king seems to have had enough officials to maintain the royal government relatively in order. In short, the effect of the arrest of the bishops was not so serious as has been supposed. It was, in fact, only after the capture of Stephen at the Battle of Lincoln that the royal government stopped functioning and the Church, though reluctantly, deserted the king for the first time.
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