by Michael J. Cummings
Character of Shakespeare Play
Alfred the Great (871-99)
Edward the Elder (899-925)
Edmund the Magnificent (940-6)
Eadwig (Edwy) All-Fair (955-59)
Edgar the Peaceable (959-75)
Edward the Martyr (975-78)
Aethelred the Unready (978-1016)
Edmund Ironside (1016)
Svein Forkbeard (1014)
Canute the Great (1016-35)
Harald Harefoot (1035-40)
House of Wessex, Restored
Edward the Confessor (1042-66)
Harold II (1066)
I ("the Conqueror"), 1066-1087. Age at death: 60.
II (son of William I), 1087-1100. Age at death: 43.
I (son of William I), 1100-1135. Age at death: 67.
Beauclerc, (son of William I's daughter and Count of Blois), 1135-1154.
Age at death: 50.
II (son of Henry I's daughter and Geoffrey Plantagenet) 1154-1189. Age
at death: 56.
I ("the Lion-Hearted," son of Henry II), 1189-1199. Age at death: 42.
(son of Henry II), 1199-1216. Age at death: 50.
III (son of John), 1216-1272. Age at death: 65.
I ("Longshanks," son of Henry III), 1272-1307. Age at death: 68.
II (son of Edward I, deposed), 1307-1327. Age at death: 43.
III (son of Edward II), 1327-1377. Age
at death: 65.
II (grandson of Edward III), 1377-1399.
Forced to abdicate and died a year later, in 1400, a victim of starvation
or murder. Age at death: 33.
IV ("Bolingbroke," son of the Duke of
Lancaster), 1399-1413. Age at death: 47.
V (son of Henry IV), 1413-1422. Age at
VI (son of Henry V, deposed), 1422-1461;
1470-1471. Age at death: 49.
IV (son of duke of York), 1461-1470, 1471-1483. Age at death: 41.
V (son of Edward IV), 1483. Age at death: 13.
III ("Crookback," brother of Edward IV)
1483-1485. Age at death: 32 (41 days before his 33rd birthday).
VII (whose grandfather married Henry V's widow), 1485-1509. Age at death:
VIII (son of Henry VII), 1509-1547. Age
at death: 56.
VI (son of Henry VIII), 1547-1553. Age at death: 16.
Lady Jane Grey (1553)
I (daughter of Henry VIII), 1553-1558. Age at death: 43.
I (daughter of Henry VIII), 1558-1603. Age at death: 69.
Britain: England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland
I (son of Mary, Queen of Scots), 1603-1625. Age at death: 59.
Charles I (1625-49)
The Republican Commonwealth (1649-1660)
Oliver Cromwell (1649-58),
Richard Cromwell (September
1658 to May 1659), Lord Protector
House of Stuart, Restored
Charles II (1660-85)
James II (1685-88)
House of Orange and
William III, Mary II (1689-1702)
House of Stuart
House of Brunswick,
George I (1714-27)
George II (1727-60)
George III (1760-1820)
George IV (1820-30)
William IV (1830-37)
House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
Edward VII (1901-10)
House of Windsor
George V reigned as ruler
of Great Britain from 1910 to 1920, then as ruler of the United Kingdom
Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
House of Windsor (Continued)
George V, reigning as ruler
of Great Britain from 1910 to 1920, continued his monarchy as ruler of
the United Kingdom, which absorbed the northern part of Ireland as a new
nation called Northern Ireland. The rest of Ireland became the independent
Irish Free State by the 1921 Anglo-Irish treaty. The Irish Free State later
became the Republic of Ireland.
Edward VIII (1936)
George VI (1936-52)
Elizabeth II (1952-present)