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).
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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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1189: Richard the Lionheart crowned king of England after death of his father, Henry II.
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He stood against Henry II over the rights of the Church and was slain by the king's followers in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170.
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