Henry II

  1. first Plantagenet King of England; instituted judicial and financial reforms; quarreled with archbishop Becket concerning the authority of the Crown over the church (1133-1189)
  2. king of France from 1547 to 1559; regained Calais from the English; husband of Catherine de Medicis and father of Charles IX (1519-1559)
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  • Political hostility continued during the latter part of the reign of Henry III who succeeded John in 1216.
  • HENRY II., as you know, got his name Plantagenet from his father, Geoffrey of Anjou, who used to wear a piece of planta genista in his helmet. An Island Story: A History of England for Boys and Girls
  • In 1262, being the 51st of Henry III. was revived an ancient statute, called the assize of bread and ale, which, the king says in the preamble, had been made in the times of his progenitors, some time kings of England. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations
  • He was also secretary to Becket with whom he was exiled when he fell into disfavour with Henry II.
  • Thus, this Vision of Piers Plowman indicates the existence of a popular spirit which had been slowly but steadily increasing -- which sympathized with Henry II. and the priest-trammelling "Constitutions of Clarendon," even while it was ready to go on a pilgrimage to the shrine of Thomas à Becket, the illustrious victim of the quarrel between Henry and his clergy. English Literature, Considered as an Interpreter of English History Designed as a Manual of Instruction
  • As the Wars of Religion rage, Marie finds that her affections have become the prize of a much smaller battle, between the Duc de Guise, the Prince, and the Duc d'Anjou played by Raphael Personnaz, who will one day ascend the throne as King Henry III. Terry Keefe: Gaspard Ulliel: The French Acting Star and the Male Face of Chanel on His New Film The Princess of Montpensier
  • The need to restore royal authority, to return the realm to its condition in his grandfather's reign, was one of the main forces behind Henry II's reforms.
  • The beginnings of civil war would later be dated to 5 April 1264, when Henry III's army stormed Northampton.
  • The burgesses are entitled, by the charter of Henry II., to have a GUILD MERCHANT, with the usual franchises annexed, of safe transit through the kingdom, exemption from toll, pontage, and stallage; liberty to buy and sell peaceably; and power to hold a guild for the renewal of freedom to the burgesses, the confirming of by-laws, and other purposes. The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 17, No. 470, January 8, 1831
  • Thus in 1217 Honorius III ordered bishops and prelates to help out the boy-king Henry III.
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