The fourth son of William the Conqueror, King Henry I, is remembered as a harsh but effective ruler. He skilfully manipulated the barons in England and Normandy. He strengthened the existing Anglo-Saxon system of justice, local government and taxation, with more institutions including the royal exchequer and itinerant justices. But he may also have been a thief or murderer, a spoilt brat - but definitely a man who knew how to grasp a chance.
In this episode of Gone Medieval, Matt Lewis discusses Henry I with historian Chris Riley.
This episode was edited by Joseph Knight and produced by Rob Weinberg.