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King Henry I.

King Henry I.

Henry I, the most resilient of the Norman kings (his reign lasted thirty-five years), was nicknamed “Beauclerc” (fine scholar) for his above average education. During his reign, the differences between English and Norman society began to slowly evaporate. Reforms in the royal treasury system became the foundation upon which later kings built. The stability Henry afforded the throne was offset by problems in succession: his only surviving son, William, was lost in the wreck of the White Ship in November 1120.

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