In August of 1100 William Rufus died in a hunting accident. When Henry, his younger brother, learnt the news he went straight to Winchester and claimed the English throne for himself. Some supporters of Robert, their elder brother, tried to delay Henry until Robert who was in the Holy Land could return but it was too late. Henry was crowned as King Henry I of England. To strengthen his claim Henry proposed to Matilda Edith who had ties both to Scotland and the old Anglo-Saxon kings. Matilda agreed but as she had spent much of her life as a nun in Romsey Abbey, her aunt declared that this would be illegal. It took a council of ecclesiastics and words from Anselm the Archbishop of Canterbury to belay fears that the marriage would not be legal. Matilda's brother Edgar was then on the Scottish throne and he too gave his consent. Henry and Matilda were married by the end of 1100.