King Stephen

Standard Name: Stephen, King


Connections Sort descending Author name Excerpt
Literary Setting Elizabeth Cobbold
Father Bertrand of the monastery at Bury St Edmunds tells the future Discoverer of this Manuscript that he is eighty, and writing to defend King Stephen and others.
Cobbold, Elizabeth. The Sword. A. Smith, 1791.
Bury St Edmunds lies within easy...
Literary Setting Anna Maria Mackenzie
The story opens in the civil war for the English crown between Stephen and EmpressMatilda or Maud . (Mackenzie calls the empress Maud, while for her it is Stephen's wife who is Matilda.) Mackenzie...
Literary Setting Henrietta Rouviere Mosse
The title-page quotes Shakespeare , who is then cited in the preface to justify the genre of historical fiction. HRM mentions her consultations of records and documents, and expresses her thanks to the gentlemen of...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Anne Bradstreet
The daughter colony comforts her mother nation. Each is skilled in history, New England recalling past civil wars (beginning with those of Matilda and Stephen ), and Old England lamenting the untimely death of Lady Jane Grey


Supporters of Matilda (sometimes called Maud) and Stephen , rival claimants for the English throne, waged a civil war.
December 1135
King Henry I died and Stephen of Blois assumed the throne of England.
8 April 1141
Matilda , claimant to the English throne, assumed the title domina Anglorum, or mistress of the English; she was meanwhile holding her rival, Stephen , in captivity.
14 September 1141
Matilda (sometimes called Maud) escaped the forces of Stephen (her rival claimant to the throne of England) by travelling on a bier disguised as a corpse.
25 October 1154
King Stephen died; Henry II assumed the throne of England on 19 December 1154.


No bibliographical results available.