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Angevin Empire

Map of Plantagenet Possessions in France and England, 1154


Henry II (1154-89) Arguably one of the most effective Kings ever to wear the English crown and the first of the great Plantagenet dynasty, the future Henry II was born at Le Mans, Anjou on 5th March, 1133.


The term Angevin Empire is a modern term describing the collection of states once ruled by the Angevins of the House of Plantagenet. The Plantagenets ruled over an area stretching from the Pyrenees to Ireland during the 12th and early 13th centuries, located north of the kingdoms of Navarre and Aragon. This "empire", originally established by Henry Plantagenet as Count of Anjou and as Henry II, King of England, extended over roughly half of medieval France, all of England, and some of…


Map of The Plantagenet Domains in 1154


Eleanor of Aquitaine, 1124 – 1 April 1204. Queen of England


Henry II, founder of the Plantagenet empire.


File:France 1154-en.svg ....hitched ta Lorient once ...Magic ..Celtic Festival ..oOoh

Edward Grim, Life of St Thomas, Archbishop of Canterbury, § 75: ‘What miserable drones and traitors have I nurtured and promoted in my household who let their lord be treated with such shameful contempt by a low-born clerk!’ These were the word spoken by Henry II that condemned his once best friend to death.

Lovely Eleanor of Aquitaine - wife of Henry II, who was her second husband. Mother of three Plantagenet kings - Henry the Young King, Richard the Lionheart and King John.