On the death of King Henry I, there is a schism in the succession leading eventually to civil war during a period now known as the Anarchy. Before his death, the King had sought the support of the noblemen and the clergy in favor of his newborn grandson, the future Henry II and requested that they all recognize his daughter Maude as the rightful ruler until his grandson comes of age. Henry's nephew Stephen has his eye on the throne and with the support of the Church, is soon crowned King. Maude has her supporters however, including Bartholomew, the Earl of Shiring, whose nemesis Percy Hamleigh would like nothing better than to find an excuse to take his lands and his title. Meanwhile a monk, Philip, returns to Kingsbridge Priory when his mentor falls gravely ill and receives an interesting offer from Father Waleran - in return for the Priory's support in making him Bishop, Philip will be made Prior. Meanwhile, Tom Builder, a stone mason, travels the countryside with his wife, daughter... Written by
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When King Henry I learns of the death of his son William, his daughter Maude, is with him and is depicted as being 6 years old. However, in 1120, when William died, she actually was 18, and had been married to the German Emperor for six years. They also portray the death of King Henry I and the birth of the future King Henry II as occurring on the same night, but the birth actually preceded the death by 15 months. See more
O Haupt Voll Blut
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Budapest Chorus Hungaroton See more