King Henry II of England. Plantagenet dynasty. Count of Anjou, Count of Maine, Duke of Normandy, Duke of Aquitaine, Count of Nantes, and Lord of Ireland. (28th great grandfather on mom's side)

King Henry II of England. Plantagenet dynasty. Count of Anjou, Count of Maine, Duke of Normandy, Duke of Aquitaine, Count of Nantes, and Lord of Ireland. (28th great grandfather on mom's side)

Today in history, 6 July 1189, died Henry II of England. Henry II was the founder of the Plantagenet dynasty that ruled England for over 300 years.  He was succeeded by his eldest surviving son, Richard I "The Lionheart."

Today in history, 6 July 1189, died Henry II of England. Henry II was the founder of the Plantagenet dynasty that ruled England for over 300 years. He was succeeded by his eldest surviving son, Richard I "The Lionheart."

Joan of Kent, first Princess of Wales (1328-1385) was the wife of Edward the Black Prince. Their marriage was a love match; the Plantagenet sons of Edward III had a tendency to defy convention & follow their heart. While Edward & Joan never became King & Queen of England, their surviving son became Richard II. Edward treated his wife affectionately in public & in private; his letter to her seven years after their wedding began, "My dearest and truest sweetheart and beloved companion."

Joan of Kent, first Princess of Wales (1328-1385) was the wife of Edward the Black Prince. Their marriage was a love match; the Plantagenet sons of Edward III had a tendency to defy convention & follow their heart. While Edward & Joan never became King & Queen of England, their surviving son became Richard II. Edward treated his wife affectionately in public & in private; his letter to her seven years after their wedding began, "My dearest and truest sweetheart and beloved companion."

The quarrelsome line of Plantagenet kings, whose history is recounted in Dan Jones's 'The Plantagenets' Photo: Alamy

The quarrelsome line of Plantagenet kings, whose history is recounted in Dan Jones's 'The Plantagenets' Photo: Alamy

The Plantagenets  Henry III (r. 1216-1272)  Edward I 'Longshanks' (r. 1272-1307)  Edward II (r. 1307-1327)  Edward III (r. 1327-1377)  Richard II (r. 1377-1399)

The Plantagenets Henry III (r. 1216-1272) Edward I 'Longshanks' (r. 1272-1307) Edward II (r. 1307-1327) Edward III (r. 1327-1377) Richard II (r. 1377-1399)

Eleanor of Aquitaine (image is as close as anyone can guess). One of the more interesting and powerful queens of the Middle Ages.  Queen of France (married to King Louis VII) and then Queen of England (remarried to King Henry II a.k.a Henry Plantagenet, first of the Angevin kings of England). Mother of two future English kings, Richard the Lionheart and John.

Eleanor of Aquitaine (image is as close as anyone can guess). One of the more interesting and powerful queens of the Middle Ages. Queen of France (married to King Louis VII) and then Queen of England (remarried to King Henry II a.k.a Henry Plantagenet, first of the Angevin kings of England). Mother of two future English kings, Richard the Lionheart and John.

King Henry III  Born: October 1, 1207 at Winchester  Parents: King John and Isabella   Relation to Elizabeth II: 20th great-grandfather  House of: Plantagenet  Ascended to the throne: October 18, 1216 aged 9 years  Crowned: October 28, 1216 at Westminster Abbey  Married: Eleanor of Provence,   Children: Six sons including Edward I, and three daughters  Died: November 16, 1272 at Westminster, aged 65 years, 1 month, and 16 days  Buried at: Westminster Abbey  Reigned for: 56 years, and 29 days

King Henry III Born: October 1, 1207 at Winchester Parents: King John and Isabella Relation to Elizabeth II: 20th great-grandfather House of: Plantagenet Ascended to the throne: October 18, 1216 aged 9 years Crowned: October 28, 1216 at Westminster Abbey Married: Eleanor of Provence, Children: Six sons including Edward I, and three daughters Died: November 16, 1272 at Westminster, aged 65 years, 1 month, and 16 days Buried at: Westminster Abbey Reigned for: 56 years, and 29 days

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