King Henry II Facts

King Henry II was the first Plantagenet King of England. He reigned from 1154 to 1189.
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King Henry II was also known as Henry Curtmantle, Henry FitzEmpress and Henry Plantagenet.
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Geoffrey of Anjou and Matilda, the daughter of King Henry I, were Henry II's parents.
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By the age of 17 Henry II had been made the Duke of Normandy by his mum.
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Henry II had red hair, freckles and a large head. He was often scruffily dressed and was famous for being bad tempered.
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During Henry II's role he did a lot of great things for England. He restored the royal administration in England, started the basis of English Law and gained full control over his areas of France.
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Louis VII was the King of France from 1137 until 1180 and Henry II fought with him for many decades. Henry II annoyed Louis VII by taking control over land in France.
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Eleanor of Aquitaine was Henry II's wife. Before Henry, she was married to King Louis VII.
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King Henry II had 7 children.

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