King Henry II 1133 – 1189

King Henry II

Henry was born 5th March 1133 and died 6th July 1189. He was the son of Matilda and Geoffrey of Anjou and the grandson of Henry I. He inherited Anjou, Maine, Touraine and Normandy when his father died. Henry married Eleanor of  Aquitaine who was divorced from the French king. After the death of his uncle Stephen, Henry became King of England. He tried to reform the church and had many quarrels with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket. Becket was assassinated on the misinterpretation of one of his outbursts.

Family tree for Henry II, son of Geoffrey of Anjou and Matilda, daughter of Henry I showing:


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Heather Y Wheeler. (2017 – 2020). King Henry II 1133 – 1189. Available: Last accessed October 26th, 2020