King Henry II

Standard Name: Henry II, King


Connections Sort descending Author name Excerpt
Cultural formation George Egerton
By the time she reached adulthood, GE had given up Roman Catholicism because she found the Irish priesthood hypocritical. On 27 April 1936 she wrote: The more I go into Irish history the more clearly...
Dedications Marie de France
She dedicated the Lais to the King (who may well have been Henry II ). The earliest dated manuscript survives in the British Library as Harleian MS 978; it contains a prologue as well as...
Family and Intimate relationships Mary Boyle
MB claimed relationship on her mother's side with Rosamund or Rosamond Clifford , the legendary Fair Rosamond who was mistress to Henry II .
Boyle, Mary. Mary Boyle. Her Book. Boyle, Sir Courtenay EdmundEditor , E. P. Dutton; John Murray, 1902.
Family and Intimate relationships Charlotte O'Conor Eccles
His family claimed descent from Roderick or Rory O'Conor (or Ruaidrí Ua Conchobair), who was King of Connaught. Roderick or Ruaidri was the last of the High Kings of Ireland, since by 1175 he swore...
Literary Setting T. S. Eliot
Eliot depicts his protagonist, Becket —the archbishop who was murdered at his own altar steps in Canterbury for following his conscience and disobeying his king —less as a hero than as a tormented man who...
Literary Setting Elizabeth Helme
The important nunnery at Godstow near Oxford, standing beside the River Thames, was the supposed place of retirement for the penitent mistress of Henry II , Rosamund Clifford or the Fair Rosamond. The...
Residence Marie de France
Having moved to England, MF frequented the court of Henry II and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine (who was a patron, and the descendant of a troubadour).
Textual Features Sarah Pearson
None of the poems here was included in the volume of 1790; several of them bear the date of 1795, like the closing Rosamond to Henry the Second , During her Confinement at Woodstock...
Textual Features Michael Field
Fair Rosamund chronicles the legend of young Rosamund 's tragic love for Henry II, King of England . In the end Rosamund, now the king's mistress stabs herself with a knife given to her by...
Textual Features Hildegarde of Bingen
The quantity of HB's letters, which were collected near the end of her life, is immense.
Ferrante, Joan M. “Correspondent: ’Blessed Is the Speech of Your Mouth’”. Voice of the Living Light: Hildegard of Bingen and Her World, edited by Barbara Newman, University of California Press, 1998, pp. 91 - 109.
The bulk of them were written to answer her correspondents' practical, legal, ethical, and spiritual concerns.
Ferrante, Joan M. “Correspondent: ’Blessed Is the Speech of Your Mouth’”. Voice of the Living Light: Hildegard of Bingen and Her World, edited by Barbara Newman, University of California Press, 1998, pp. 91 - 109.
Textual Production Mary Russell Mitford
MRM saw herself as a professional dramatist, and in the tradition of that metier she was always alert for stories of distant origin, or forgotten or unfinished plays by others, which might be reworked for...
Textual Production Elizabeth Montagu
Karen O'Brien argues that Lyttelton 's monumental History of the Life of King Henry the Second, 1767-71, was, in part, the result of intellectual collaboration with Montagu.
O’Brien, Karen. Women and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Textual Production Jean Plaidy
JP 's Plantagenet saga, a series of fictionalized biographies, began with The Plantagenet Prelude, about the lives of Henry II and his consort Eleanor of Aquitaine .
Eleanor was another compelling historical figure, already...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Sarah Pearson
Several poems treat events in history: not only Henry II of England but also the Protestant Henri IV of France . The latter's victory over the Catholic League at the battle of Ivry in 1590...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Norah Lofts
This novel reveals how, as a historian and a novelist, NL was engaged in the effort to render history, and specifically the history of powerful women, accessible to contemporary readers. Eleanor of Aquitaine is one...


25 October 1154
King Stephen died; Henry II assumed the throne of England on 19 December 1154.
October 1175
Under the Treaty of Windsor (some of whose terms proved short-lived) Ruaidri Ua Conchobair (generally known as the last High King of Ireland) accepted the rule of English (or Anglo-Norman) Henry II , and...
King Henry II bought land next to Newgate (the gate looking west from Old London to Westminster). Newgate prison occupied this site until 1881.
6 July 1189
King Henry II died, and Richard I assumed the throne of England on 3 September 1189.
1 April 1204
Eleanor of Aquitaine, the politically powerful mother of the English King John , died.
12 October 1597
Michael Drayton 's England's Heroicall Epistles was entered in the Stationers' Register ; it appeared the same year.