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Henry's continental holdings in 1154, the so-called "Angevin Empire"


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…


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.


On this day 24th December, 1166, King John was born. Youngest son of Henry II, who was forced by the barons to sign the Magna Carta. When he tried to revoke his authorization civil war broke out. He was jokingly nicknamed 'Lackland' as it seemed unlikely that John would ever inherit substantial lands.


The obverse of Eleanor's seal. She is identified as Eleanor, by the Grace of God, Queen of the English, Duchess of the Normans. The legend on the reverse calls her Eleanor, Duchess of the Aquitanians and Countess of the Angevins.[13]


A View of Fontevrault Abbey, France ~ Founded in 1101 by Robert d’Arbrissel. The Abbey where Eleanor of Aquitaine passed her last years. Where she chose to be buried, next to her beloved son, Richard, and her beloved enemy, Henry.


Henry II, founder of the Plantagenet empire.