Henry II

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Henry II 1

1133-1189.
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

1519-1559.
King of France (1547-1559). The son of Francis I, he regained Calais from the English (1558).

Henry II

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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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Later, when married to Henry of Anjou, she is imprisoned for fomenting rebellion among his sons, bringing Henry to an early death.
Such are the contradictory characteristics that have evoked equally contradictory reactions among historians as they have sifted the copious evidence of the life and times of Henry of Anjou.