Plantagenet(redirected from Plantagenets)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
Family name of a line of English kings from Henry II to Richard III (1154-1485).
(Biography) a line of English kings, ruling from the ascent of Henry II (1154) to the death of Richard III (1485)
[C12: from Old French, literally: sprig of broom, with reference to the crest of the Angevin kings, from Latin planta sprig + genista broom]
Plan•tag•e•net(plænˈtædʒ ə nɪt)
a member of the royal house that ruled England from the accession of Henry II in 1154 to the death of Richard III in 1485.
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||Plantagenet - the family name of a line of English kings that reigned from 1154 to 1485|
dynasty - a sequence of powerful leaders in the same family
royal family, royal house, royal line, royalty - royal persons collectively; "the wedding was attended by royalty"
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)
Henry III - son of King John and king of England from 1216 to 1272; his incompetence aroused baronial opposition led by Simon de Montfort (1207-1272)
John Lackland, King John, John - youngest son of Henry II; King of England from 1199 to 1216; succeeded to the throne on the death of his brother Richard I; lost his French possessions; in 1215 John was compelled by the barons to sign the Magna Carta (1167-1216)
Richard Coeur de Lion, Richard I, Richard the Lionheart, Richard the Lion-Hearted - son of Henry II and King of England from 1189 to 1199; a leader of the Third Crusade; on his way home from the crusade he was captured and held prisoner in the Holy Roman Empire until England ransomed him in 1194 (1157-1199)
Richard II - King of England from 1377 to 1399; he suppressed the Peasant's Revolt in 1381 but his reign was marked by popular discontent and baronial opposition in British Parliament and he was forced to abdicate in 1399 (1367-1400)