King Henry II


 

 An energetic and intelligent King, Henry II commissioned numerous castles and protections throughout his Kingdom. The most ambitious of these is Dover Castle.

 

National Affiliation: England
Occupation: King of England, Ruler and Duke/Count of Anjou, Maine, Gascony, Nantes, Normandy, and Aquitaine, and Lord of Ireland
Enemies: Richard the Lionheart, John Lackland, Philip II
Castles: Dover Castle
Personality: Earnest, Aggrieved, Gifted

Henry II, father of King Richard I and King John, was a popular but complex ruler in the mid-late 12th century. His marriage to Eleanor of Aquitaine secured more land for England than ever before but also resulted in a tempestuous marriage that brought more grief than stability.

Eleanor openly encouraged her children (including the future Kings Richard and John) to rebel against their father. France used the opportunity to position themselves for a possible invasion (which occurred under King John in the 13th Century).

An energetic and intelligent man, Henry commissioned numerous castles and protections throughout his Kingdom. One of the most famous of these is Dover Castle.