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List of English monarchs

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The King of England was the supreme head of state and head of government of the Kingdom of England. This is a list of the Kings and Queens of the Kingdom of England from 924 until England and Scotland joined together in 1707.

First kings[change | change source]

Danish kings[change | change source]

Last Anglo-Saxon kings[change | change source]

House of Wessex

House of Godwin

Normans[change | change source]

In 1066, William, Duke of Normandy invaded England. He defeated King Harold Godwinson and became King.

House of Blois

Plantagenets[change | change source]

Angevins[change | change source]

Early modern half-figure portrait of Edward III in royal garb.
Edward III as he was portrayed in the late 16th century.

Lancastrians[change | change source]

Yorkists[change | change source]

Tudors[change | change source]

The Tudors were from Wales. In 1536, Wales became part of England. England had controlled Wales since 1284.

Stuarts[change | change source]

The Stuarts were also kings of Scotland, with which kingdom England was in personal, but not legal union until 1707.

  • James I (1603–1625), also from 1567 King James VI of Scotland
  • Charles I (1625–1649), also King of Scotland

Interregnum[change | change source]

The Civil War in England from 1642 until 1652 stemming from a growing enmity between King and Parliament, led to the execution of King Charles I in 1649. After the execution, England became a Commonwealth eventually led by Oliver Cromwell as Lord Protector after successive interim governments failed and handed Cromwell power, and so England became a protectorate.[1] Furthermore, both Ireland and Scotland became subjugated states under England and Cromwell at the end of the war. Cromwell died in 1658 and his son, Richard, became Lord Protector. This was short lived though as he failed to gain the support of the army and so the nation, in 1660 power was given back to the Monarchy and the King In Exile, Charles II, was invited back to England[2]

Stuarts (restored)[change | change source]

  • Charles II (1660–1685), also King of Scotland (backdated the start of his reign to 1649)
  • James II (1685–1688) (deposed, died 1701), also King James VII of Scotland
  • William III (1689–1702) and Mary II (1689–1694), as co-monarchs, also King and Queen of Scotland
  • Anne (1702–1714), though the English throne was replaced with that of the United Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707

Longest To Shortest Reigning[change | change source]

Related pages[change | change source]

  • In 1707, England and Scotland joined together. For Kings and Queens after 1707, see British monarchs.

References[change | change source]

  1. The Cromwellian Protectorate, ed. Barry Coward (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2002), p. 7
  2. Jacob Abbott, History of King Charles II of England (Auckland: The Floating Press, 2014), p. 124