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Henry XI of the English
Timeline: Tudor Rose

King of the English (Scots until 1705, Irish until 1707)
30 April, 1695 - 28 February 1712

Predecessor: Henry I of Europe/Henry X
Successor: Henry XII
Born: 1 January 1682
Tudor Palace, London
Died: 28 February 1712

The only son and heir to Henry I of Europe, Henry XI was originally intended to succeed his father as Emperor of Europe and, as a result, was given the courtesy title of Prince of the Mediterranean but, due to his father's defeat, the great inheritance Henry might have received was replaced with but a small part of his father's original realm, and not even under the same conditions.

Intent on destroying the prestige of the Tudors and reducing their power, the Coalition of Sovereigns (formed in opposition to the Empire of Europe) divided up the Tudor realms, giving Iberia to (after much debate) a Romanov with strong Habsburg ancestry and France to a disowned Tudor, while giving Henry the British Isles, but forcing their division into the Kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland, and forcing Henry to adopt titles associated with a popular/citizen based monarchy, thus making him only slightly more than a figurehead. In addition, the realms of Ireland and Scotland were occupied by coalition forces and would be run by their own independent parliaments, which would be free to choose a new monarch to replace Henry at will. As a result, Henry only truly had any power in England, and even there it was limited by many internal and external factors. The New World colonies were officially divided between England and Iberia, but due to the nature of the colonies, England's weak state would lead to extreme unrest which would result in revolutions all throughout the century.

Henry, desperate to keep the Tudor Dynasty from falling, went and begged at several of the courts of coalition members, pleading for aid and a partial clearing of his debt. However, his efforts proved futile and, as most expected, Scotland declared independence, creating an elective monarchy. Ireland would, with prodding from the Scottish, also declare independence two years later, forming a new High Kingdom run much like the late Holy Roman Empire. Reduced to one Kingdom, Henry made plans to flee to the new world and attempt to directly rule over his territory there as a means of securing a future for the Tudor dynasty. His plans, however, would never come to fruit due to the constant pressure he was under. By 1712, the King could not safely leave his own home due to the public's hatred of him and the constant plots against him. Finally, on the 28th of February 1712, while returning to his chambers after risking his life to address parliament, his cousin approached him and stabbed him repeatedly, unhindered by the apathetic royal guardsmen. Within minutes, Henry was dead from his wounds and his cousin was declared by several key members of Parliament to be the new King of the English.

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