List of Henry I's New Men
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List of Henry I's New Men
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Henry's new men are considered by historians to be those men that rose to prominence during the reign of Henry I of England (reigned 1100-1135) and whose families had not previously been prominent in royal service.[1]


Although the use of the actual phrase "new men" dates from the writings of William Stubbs around 1874, the group of men was first singled out in the writings of writers contemporary with the men.[1] The chronicler Orderic Vitalis in his Historia Ecclesiastica said that Henry had "enobled others of base stock who had served him well, raised them, so to say, from the dust, and heaping all kinds of favours on them, stationed them above earls and famous constables."[2] Orderic went on to mention a number of men that he considered "new men".[1]

Orderic's list of new men included:[1]

The medieval writer Henry of Huntingdon, writing in his De Contemptu Mundi, mentioned a number of the above and added:[1]

The author of the Gesta Stephani, a chronicle of the reign of King Stephen of England, Henry's successor, named the following as new men during Henry's reign:[3]

To these men, the modern historian H. F. Doherty, writing for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, adds:[1]

The historian and biographer of Henry I, Judith Green adds the following:[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Doherty "Henry I's new men (act. 1100-1135)" Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  2. ^ Quoted in Doherty "Henry I's new men (act. 1100-1135)" Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  3. ^ a b Green Henry I pp. 242-244


  • Doherty, H. F. "Henry I's new men (act. 1100-1135)" ((subscription or UK public library membership required)). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2011.
  • Green, Judith A. (2006). Henry I: King of England and Duke of Normandy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-74452-2.

Further reading

  • Crouch, D. (1982). "Geoffrey de Clinton and Roger, Earl of Warwick: New Men and Magnates in the Reign of Henry I". Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research. 55: 113-124. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2281.1982.tb01151.x.
  • Keats-Rohan, K. S. B. (1994). "Two Studies in North French Prosopography". Journal of Medieval History. 20: 25-37. doi:10.1016/0304-4181(93)00747-c.
  • Mason, E. (1980). "The King, the Chamberlain, and Southwick Priory". Historical Research. 53: 1-10. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2281.1980.tb01724.x.
  • Southern, R. W. (1962). "The Place of Henry I in English History". Proceedings of the British Academy. 47: 127-169.

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