"Nefret" wrote:Pillars of the Earth
Mainly 'cause I was curious. (And I thought Henry I's daughter Maud was an adult at the time of the White Ship disaster.)
I watched the show earlier this year, shortly after reading EC's Lady of the English. The time inaccuracies in the show with Maud really bugged me. I don't recall if the book got me so upset. I'm just listing a basic chronology here - someone point out anything that needs corrections.
Maud was 18 when the White Ship sank in 1120 and she wasn't in England. (Did the show indicate she was? Can't recall?) She was still to married Holy Roman Emperor Henry V and in Germany. Her first husband died in 1125 and she lived in Normandy for a year before returning to England in 1126. She went back to Normandy in 1128 and married Geoffrey V of Anjou in June, 1128. Maud and Geoffrey didn't get along and she went to Normandy a year after the marriage (sometime in 1129). Maud's father Henry I summoned her to England in 1131 and it was decided that she should return to her husband. In March, 1133 Maud gave birth to the future Henry II in LeMans, France not in England as depicted in the show. While her husband led military campaigns to claim her Normandy lands, Maud stayed in Anjou. Her father Henry I died in Normandy in 1135 (did the show have him dying in England?) Henry I had gone there to see his two eldest grandsons.
Maud did not have enough military power to challenge King Stephen until 1139 and as far as I can tell did not return to England before this year. Her son Henry was first in England in 1142 at the age of 9. His father sent him there to live in a noble's household. He returned to Anjou a year or two later and did not return to England until 1147 when he was 14. He led several campaigns in England in the following years and became king in 1154 at the age of 21 upon the death of King Stephen.