His energy was equaled only by his ambition and intelligence. Henry II survived wars, rebellion, and controversy to successfully rule one of the Middle Ages' most powerful kingdoms. During his reign Henry II instituted important judicial reforms, establishing a centralized system of justice. He began the process of replacing the old trial by ordeal with modern court procedures. Henry II is considered the father of the English law system and many of his practices are still followed today.
During the Wars of Religion, from 1554 to 1648, the actions of Elizabeth I, Henry IV, Louis XIII, and Philip II all demonstrated their worthiness to be considered great rulers. Elizabeth I of England defeated the Spanish Armada, the strongest naval power the world had ever seen. Henry IV of France took many steps that eventually led to a religious agreement in France. Louis XIII of France left France as a major European power. Philip II of Spain made Spain very rich and powerful during the height of his reign.
Even though being known as a religious persecutor, Henry V was the best king in all of European history because he was a soldier king, he was very successful during his rule, and he had a strong leadership. One of the various things that made King Henry V a great king was that he was a soldier king and was not afraid to fight for his kingdom. One example of this was the Battle of Agincourt. This war started on October 25, 1415 and lasted one day. To rescue England’s reputation along with his own lost during the Hundred Year War, Henry rides off alongside twelve thousand English soldiers to France.
Throughout history there have been many leaders who have succeeded and led their people to greatness, and countless others who have failed and brought ruin. A good leader must be courageous, wise, and able to react well to the difficult situations that they may face. One man who had all of these characteristics and more was Charlemagne, King of Frankia located in modern day France. Throughout his long life he united the Frankish kingdoms, saved the papacy from destruction, and fought off barbarians during a critical point in Europe’s history (Sullivan). In addition, he also went on to found two of the world’s most influential kingdoms in history, the Kingdom of France and the Holy Roman Empire (Knowles).
He launched a series of wars against rival barons, which lasted over a decade. He also joined King Henry I and defeated an alliance of Normans who had opposed his rule. “He was always ready ... ... middle of paper ... ...d and the Norman church will forever change the course of human history and he will remain one of the most important figures of the medieval time period. He gradually transformed his duchy into a powerful military and political power and he further established and strengthened the ability of the church. He also introduced the Norman legacy of building castles, including the Tower of London.
Alfred's grandfather, King Egbert, had conquered Kent, Sussex and Wessex, expanding the territory of Wessex.3 Alfred's fami... ... middle of paper ... ...red's creative abilities. The formation of a navy prove that Alfred knew what he was up against and needed to conform in order to be on the same level as his opponent. His genius in purchasing a truce proved highly successful in that he was able to buy enough time to reorganize his defense to result in defeating the Vikings and uniting England under one king. The establishment of an educational system showed that Alfred was not completely focused on combat but rather on the well being of his kingdom. By having an educated clergy as well as a knowledgeable upper class, his kingdom would be able to advance.
When you hear of historical figures that “conquered” a certain time period, you think of barbarians, spartans, or other gruesome, battle-tested men. While William I, the King of England and Duke of Normandy, was also nicknamed the “Conqueror”, he achieved success reigning over his time period in very different ways than that of Genghis Khan or Alexander the Great. Regardless of his path to success, William I played a huge part in the religious evolution of England. Using his advantageous leadership position, William I was able to be prosperous for many decades. His illustrious career is historical proof that a country does not need to be overtaken by brute force alone.
Or did he cause England to be restless and unsettled? Is it a good thing that Henry Tudor defeated him in the Battle of Bosworth? This essay will look at the different points, which, under the reign of Richard III made the country stable or unstable. England under Richard III was stable in that he had lots of experience. He had been made ruler of the North of England in 1471 and had been allowed to Marry Anne due to his loyalty to his brother Edward IV whilst he was King.
Stone castles were much more sturdy, did not rot like wood, and also were much more able to withstand any attack by an invader. Over the centuries after William was king, other kings ordered elaborate castles to be built. Castles were not just used by the king. Most castles, in fact, were granted by a king to their most loyal subjects, knights or barons who fought valiantly in battle and supported their king. The king, starting with William the Conqueror, gave his loyal knights vast estates and permission to build castles.
The Hundred Years War shifted to the favour of the English, at least during the first third of the war, in what most call, Edward's war. The English inheritance of the Duchy of Aquitaine began when Eleanor of Aquitaine married King Henry II in 1152. Edward III inherited it when he became king in 1327. Edward also had the right to lay claim to the French throne when King Charles IV died in 1328. Charles was the last remaining son of Phillip IV, all three of Phil... ... middle of paper ... ...as Edward's great strength, as was his skill in choosing ground and deploying units to suit it".