Henry II of England 1133-1189
Henry II was the duke of Normandy,
the count of
Anjou, the duke of Aquitaine, and the king of England. He ruled England 1154
Henry II, king of
c. 1900, Ann Ronan
The Family of
His famous wife was
Eleanor of Aquitaine.
famous sons were
Richard I, and
John. All in all, Henry and
Eleanor had eight children. See Eleanor's page for a complete list
of the children.
Henry's father was
Geoffrey Plantagenet. His mother was
daughter of Henry I.
Henry II and
Louis VII of France had some running ins.
The Days of
Gerald of Wales described Henry as a
"secret adulterer" but sometimes it could also be open adultery.
Such was the case with Rosamund Clifford,
who might or might not have been Henry's love of his life.
Under Henry II,
was made Archbishop of
Canterbury in 1162.
This was the first instance of any man of the Saxon race being
raised to high office in Church or State since the Conquest. Big
In 1173, King Henry had to deal with
an insurrection from his sons and his barons, which became known as
Anglo-Norman Rebellion, also
called the Anglo-Norman War, and
was fought 1173-1174.
1152-1327 England and France
Anglo-Norman Rebellion 1173-1174: First
Anglo-Norman Rebellion 1173-1174: Richard de
Anglo-Norman Rebellion 1173-1174: Leicester's
Anglo-Norman Rebellion 1173-1174: Second
See also the chart
Governments of Britain.