Henry II

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Henry II 1

King of England (1154-1189). The son of Princess Matilda, he founded the Plantagenet royal line and appointed Thomas à Becket as archbishop of Canterbury. His quarrels with Becket concerning the authority of the Crown over the Church led to the murder of the archbishop (1170).

Henry II 2

King of France (1547-1559). The son of Francis I, he regained Calais from the English (1558).

Henry II

1. (Biography) known as Henry the Saint. 973–1024, king of Germany and Holy Roman Emperor (1014–24): canonized in 1145
2. (Biography) 1133–89, first Plantagenet king of England (1154–89): extended his Anglo-French domains and instituted judicial and financial reforms. His attempts to control the church were opposed by Becket
3. (Biography) 1519–59, king of France (1547–59); husband of Catherine de' Medici. He recovered Calais from the English (1558) and suppressed the Huguenots
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Noun1.Henry II - king of France from 1547 to 1559Henry II - king of France from 1547 to 1559; regained Calais from the English; husband of Catherine de Medicis and father of Charles IX (1519-1559)
Valois - French royal house from 1328 to 1589
2.Henry II - 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)
Plantagenet, Plantagenet line - the family name of a line of English kings that reigned from 1154 to 1485
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The large vases of the Louvre, the older furniture and plate of Henry II.
Henry II wore jewelled gloves reaching to the elbow, and had a hawk-glove sewn with twelve rubies and fifty-two great orients.
1157: King Richard I was born in Oxford, third son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine.
1189: Richard the Lionheart was crowned king of England at Westminster after the death of his father, Henry II.
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The historian begins with Henry II - the first king of the dynasty - a dashing warrior who transformed England from a violent and lawless state into the heart of an empire that would become one of the greatest that Europe has ever seen.
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It is about one mile from the famous Offa's Dyke trail and near the site of the Battle of Crogen in 1165, when it is thought to have been spared by King Henry II as his men cut down trees before the conflict.
NUMBER Theory will head for the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot after his fine effort in the Henry II Stakes at Sandown last week.