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English Monarchs: Part 3 – Regnal Lists

English Monarchs: Part 3 – Regnal Lists
by Bill McCann

These three articles set out to present a complete list of the monarchs that have ruled England since the end of the Roman occupation in the fifth century AD. Before defining the scope of the list, however, it was necessary to wade through the confusion that surrounds the apparently inter-changeable terms EnglandBritainGreat Britain, and The United Kingdom . This was the subject of the first article. The second article took the form of a brief essay on the constitutional development of the English and British monarchy. In this, the final article, we present a complete list of monarchs from the early days of the Wessex dynasty down to the present Queen.

English Monarchs: Part 3 – Regnal Lists

by Bill McCann

The following tables present a complete list of the monarchs who have ruled the geographical entity that is England since the end of the Roman occupation. They begin with the Rulers of Wessex simply because it was this Royal House which eventually went on to form the English kingdom. The list does not imply that any before Alfred can in any way be considered to have ruled the entire nation. Even Alfred’s claim may be questioned and the first undoubted King of all England may be safely said to have been Edward the Confessor. These are Regnal lists, i.e. the years given for each monarch are the years between which they reigned.

Anglo-Saxon Monarchs
1. Cerdic 519-34
2. Cynric 534-60
3. Ceawlin 560-92
4. Ceola 592-7
5. Ceolwulf 597-611
6. Cynegils 611-42
7. Cenwalh 642-72
8. Aescwine 673-6
9. Centwine 676-86
10. Ceadwalla 686-8
11. Ceadwalla 686-8
12. Aethelheard 726-40
13. Cuthred 740-56
14. Sigebryht 756-7
15. Cynewulf 767-86
16. Brihtric 786-802
17. Ecgbryht 802-39
18. Aethelwulf 839-58
19. Aethelbald 858-60
20. Aethelberht 860-6
21. Aethelred (The Unready) 866-71
22. Alfred the Great 871-99
23. Edward the Elder 899-924
24. Aethelstan 924-39
25. Edmund 939-46
26. Eadred 946-55
27. Eadwig the All-Fair 955-59
28. Edgar the Peaceable 959-75
30. Edward (The Martyr) 975-78
31. Aethelred Evil-Council 979-1016
32. Edmund Ironside 1016
Danish Monarchs
33. Svein Forkbeard1013-14
34. Cnut 1016-1035
35. Harold I (Harefoot) 1035-1040
36. Harthacnut 1040-1042
English Monarchs
37. Edward The Confessor 1042-1066
38. Harold Godwinesson 1066
Norman Monarchs
39. William I (The Conqueror) 1066-1087
40. William II (Rufus) 1087-1100
41. Henry I 1100-1135
42. Stephen 1135-1154
Angevin Monarchs
43. Henry II 1154-1189
44. Richard I (The Lionheart) 1189-1199
45. John (Lackland) 1199-1216
Plantagenet Monarchs
46. Henry III 1216-1272
47. Edward I 1272-1307
48. Edward II 1307-1327
49. Edward III 1327-1377
50. Richard II 1377-1399
House of Lancaster
51. Henry IV 1399-1413
52. Henry V 1413-1422
53. Henry VI 1422-1461
House of York
54. Edward IV 1461-1483
55. Edward V 1483
56. Richard III 1483-1485
House of Tudor
57. Henry VII 1485-1509
58. Henry VIII 1509-1547
59. Edward VI 1547-1553
60. Mary I 1553-1558
61. Elizabeth I 1558-1603
House of Stuart
62. James I 1603-1625
63. Charles I 1625-1649
The Commonwealth
House of Stuart Restored
64. Charles II 1660-1685
65. James II 1685-1688
66. Mary II 1689-1694 and 67. William III 1689-1702
68. Anne 1702-1714
House of Hanover
69. George I 1714-1727
70. George II 1727-1760
71. George III 1760-1820
72. George IV 1820-1830
73. William IV 1830-1837
74. Victoria 1837-1901
House Of Saxe-Coburg
75. Edward VII 1901-1910
76. George V 1910-1936
House of Windsor
77. Edward VIII 1936
78. George VI 1936-1952
79. Elizabeth II 1952 –

English Monarchs Part 1: – What is England?

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