1135 Stephen the grandson of William the Conqueror claimed the English throne on the death of Henry and was crowned King of England on the 26th December. However, Henry’s choice of successor had been his daughter; Matilda.
1136 The Earl of Norfolk, a keen supporter of Matilda led a rebellion against Stephen. Robert the Earl of Gloucester, an illegitimate son by birth of Henry I, once a supporter of Stephen, switched his allegiance to Matilda in 1138. David I of Scotland, invades the English lands, showing support for Matilda, and her right to the English throne, but is defeated in battle at Northallerton.
In 1141 Matilda captures Stephen at the “Battle of Lincoln” and she proclaims herself Queen of England.” What appeared to be a victory was scuppered as Robert the Earl of Gloucester is captured by Stephen’s forces, and Matilda is forced to exchange Stephen for his freedom.
1145 Stephen defeats Matilda at the “Battle of Farringdon.”
1147 Matilda’s son Henry Plantagenet is called to England, and Stephen hopes that his presence would put an end to his mother’s right to the English throne. In 1148 Matilda is forced to abandon her cause to become Queen of England, and leaves English soil.
1151 Geoffrey of Anjou, husband of Matilda dies, and so their son Henry Plantagenet, becomes the Count of Anjou. In 1153 Henry the new Count of Anjou, lands his forces in England and gathers support, for war against Stephen.
This Civil War between Stephen and Matilda is resolved under the “Treaty of Westminster.” Stephen remains King for life, and upon his death, Henry Plantagenet, the Count of Anjou would become King Henry II of England.
1154 King Stephen of England dies, and was buried at Faversham in Kent.
1167 The rightful heir to the English throne according to the wishes of King Henry I, was that his daughter Matilda should have reigned… sadly that never happened, and after years of war between each other Matilda died on the 10th September at Rouen, and buried in the Rouen Cathedral in France.