Good King Henry


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Good King Henry

n
(Plants) a weedy edible chenopodiaceous plant, Chenopodium bonus-henricus, of N Europe, W Asia, and North America, having arrow-shaped leaves and clusters of small green flowers
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IN MERRY ENGLAND in the time of old, when good King Henry the Second ruled the land, there lived within the green glades of Sherwood Forest, near Nottingham Town, a famous outlaw whose name was Robin Hood.
| 1610: Henry IV of France, "Good King Henry", was murdered by a mad monk in Paris.
| 1610: Henry IV of France,"Good King Henry", was murdered by a mad monk in Paris.
Henri IV was known as the "green gallant" because of his attractiveness to women or "good King Henry" because of his popularity amongst his people.
The ball was set rolling by good King Henry, who was in the habit of bestowing his considerable largesse on new Church of England dioceses that supported his bid to ditch Queen Catherine in favour of Anne Boleyn.
And the result of all this was Good King Henry. It's said that the worst time for his wives and the Church was in the winter months, when he couldn't get enough fresh meat.
QMy uncle says he used to grow a vegetable called Good King Henry. But I've never heard of it - have you?
This contained some of the old fashioned favourites, such as Lamb's Lettuce, Good King Henry and Red Chard.