Henry I

Born in September of 1068, Henry I was the fourth son of William the Conqueror.

Henry was a good guy, in many respects. He restored power to Robert Curthose whose brother had imprisoned him, he restored the laws of Edward the Confessor, giving us some semblance of justice. Under Henry we got The Charter of Liberties, granting civil liberties to the English nobility. Parts of this charter were copied nearly verbatim into the Magna Carta.

Henry had twenty-five illegitimate children and three(?) legitimate. His two legit. sons died in a boating accident.

Henry himself died of food poisoning. As with nearly all cases of food poisoning, he contracted it by eating bad meat.

Worth noting is that the Magna Carta is the primary basis for the U.S. Constitution. That's right, a Frenchman is, in a sense, the originator of U.S. civil liberties. No wonder all the pro-Bush people hate the French.