Friday, 2 December 2016
Henry of Huntington, the 12th century English chronicler wrote that Henry I was endowed with three gifts, that of wisdom, victory and riches, but he also writes that these were offset with three vices, avarice, cruelty and lust.
Henry was cruel, on one occasion he sanctioned an act of vengeance, ordering the blinding of his own granddaughters when he discovered a similar atrocity had befallen the daughter of one of his courtiers. In 1124, he had 44 thieves hanged on the same day. Henry the lustful he most certainly was, however Henry the romantic he was not.
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