Not sure if you've asked the right question Cathy as to where we should start? Some might start with King Alfred The Great, King of Wessex or perhaps his grandson King Athelstan who ruled 924-939 and proclaimed himself King of all Britain. He's buried in Malmesbury Abbey.
There's those who rule was very short lived; Henry 1st daughter Princess Matilda/Maud who became Queen but for a very short time before Henry's nephew Stephen decided he should be king. Civil war ensued; she fled to France; Stephen became King but died after a short reign, and exiled Queen Matilda's son born in France, returned to England to claim the throne as Henry II. And surely we have to include some Scottish ones as well. Wasn't it James VI of Scotland who became James 1st of England? I think you're going to end up with a very long list, but what starting point shall we choose?Edited by: Paul Hilton at:12th May 2010 09:54