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Henry III would certainly not be my pick. His mother was French, he married a fully French wife and he spoke French and the normal language of his court was French. The first glimmerings of an English king was Edward IV who (horror of horrors) married an English woman (Elizabeth Woodville). Up to this time virtually every single queen was born and raised ...


The "Normans" who invaded and conquered Britain in 1066 under William the Conqueror were from the western coast of France and the language they spoke was a form of French. Although some of these men were truly "northmen" having coming originally from Scandinavia, they adopted French names. The word "de" means 'from' or 'of' indicating the lands the person ...

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