Five facts about henry the 2nd

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five facts about henry the 2nd

Henry II by Wilfred Lewis Warren

Henry II was an enigma to contemporaries, and has excited widely divergent judgments ever since. Dramatic incidents of his reign, such as his quarrel with Archbishop Becket and his troubled relations with his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and his sons, have attracted the attention of historical novelists, playwrights, and filmmakers, but with no unanimity of interpretation. That he was a great king there can be no doubt. Yet his motives and intentions are not easy to divine, and it is Professor Warrens contention that concentration on the great crises of the reign can lead to distortion. This book is therefore a comprehensive reappraisal of the reign based, with rare understanding, on contemporary sources; it provides a coherent and persuasive revaluation of the man and the king, and is, in itself an eloquent and impressive achievement.
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British Broadcasting Corporation Home. Henry was born at Le Mans in north west France on 4 March Henry had named Matilda as his successor to the English throne but her cousin Stephen had taken over.
Wilfred Lewis Warren

Henry II (1133 - 1189)

Henry II was king of England from to He restored and extended royal authority, supervised great legal reforms, and clashed with Thomas Becket. On her father's death Matilda failed to secure England and Normandy, but Geoffrey of Anjou conquered Normandy and in invested Henry with the duchy. On Geoffrey's death a year later Henry became Count of Anjou. To these lands he added the duchy of Aquitaine by his marriage May 18, to Eleanor, daughter of the late duke.

His quarrels with Thomas Becket , archbishop of Canterbury , and with members of his own family his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine , and such sons as Richard the Lion-Heart and John Lackland ultimately brought about his defeat. Henry II was king of England from to The first of three Angevin kings of England, he expanded the Anglo-French domains and strengthened the royal administration. His quarrels with the archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket , and with various family members including his son, Richard the Lionheart ultimately brought about his defeat. Henry, who was the duke of Aquitaine, had a claim to the English throne, and he invaded England in King Stephen agreed to accept Henry as his coadjutor and heir. Henry acquired most of the Continental possessions that would expand the kingdom of England before he became king in

Early life

Timeline of King Henry II. He followed King Stephen as King of England. A strong king who pulled down almost all the Castles that had been built in Stephen's time to gain control and power over the barons. Henry was an extremely powerful king who was lord of nearly half France. One was that, if a priest or monk was thought to have committed any crime, he should be tried by a king's judge, instead of a bishop. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas a Becket, refused to consent to this law. Thomas a Becket and King Henry II had once been great friends but this refusal led to their argument.

Henry II was king of England from to He restored and extended royal authority, supervised great legal reforms, and clashed with Thomas Becket. On her father's death Matilda failed to secure England and Normandy, but Geoffrey of Anjou conquered Normandy and in invested Henry with the duchy. On Geoffrey's death a year later Henry became Count of Anjou. To these lands he added the duchy of Aquitaine by his marriage May 18, to Eleanor, daughter of the late duke.

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