Fact of the day: 19th May

On this day in 1051 Henry I of France married Anne of Kiev.

Henry I (4 May 1008 – 4 August 1060) was the King of the Franks from 1031 to his death.

The royal demesne of France reached its smallest size during his reign, and for this reason he is often seen as emblematic of the weakness of the early Capetians.

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This is not entirely agreed upon, however, as other historians regard him as a strong but realistic king, who was forced to conduct a policy mindful of the limitations of the French monarchy.

Henry I was betrothed to Matilda, the daughter of Conrad II, Holy Roman Emperor, but she died prematurely in 1034.

Henry then married Matilda of Frisia, but she died in 1044, following a Caesarean section.

Casting further afield in search of a third wife, Henry married Anne of Kiev on 19 May 1051.

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