's English monarchy nodes, since England
didn't start having monarch
s in 1066. The Briton
kingdoms and the early Anglo-Saxon
rulers didn't rule all of what is now England, but at various times king
s came pretty close, such as Offa
, who controlled almost all of England and was addressed by the Pope
as "King of the English."
The first person traditionally considered a proper king of England (though not the parts that were under Danish rule at the time) is Alfred the Great, who reigned from 871 to 899. Following Alfred were:
And then the Norman
s invaded, with William the Conqueror
saying Edward the Confessor had promised him the English throne rather than Harold.