• Henry of Blois
Henry of Blois
Death: 8 August 1171
Burial: Winchester or Cluny
Father: Stephen II, Count of Blois, Chartres, and Champagne
Mother: Adela, daughter of William the Conqueror
NOTES: Henry, Abbot of Glastonbury 1126-1171, Bishop of Winchester 1129-1171, Papal Legate 1139-1143, and younger brother of King Stephen. Henry was educated at Cluny and adhered to the principles of Cluniac reform, and is known for his passion for literature and architecture. Except for a few brief months in 1141 when he changed his alliance to Matilda when he thought he was on the winning side, Henry supported and advised Stephen and is credited as one of the clergy who helped convince William of Corbeil, the Archbishop of Canterbury, to crown Stephen. More information to follow on Henry in the forthcoming discussions of the civil war and disputed succession between Matilda and Stephen.