The Kings and Queens of England have had a huge impact on the direction of the country throughout its long history.
Choosing the most important is a tough task – each has made at least some effect- but these 13 we reckon made the most impact , for good or ill, during their time in charge.
They are presented in chronological order (no attempt was made to perform the impossible task of ranking them).
Here’s the list:
1. Alfred the Great
Alfred the Great ruled as the King of Wessex from 871 to 899 when he died. He was known for providing a successful defense against several attempts by Vikings to take over. Only two English monarchs have been called “the Great,” and he is one of them. Additionally, Albert was considered to be quite a gracious and logical man, deemed fair. He valued education and sought to improve his region’s justice system as well as the overall quality of the lives of people he ruled over.