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Henry II (Penguin Monarchs): A Prince Among Princes

Author: Barber, Richard
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 128
Pub Date: 30/04/2015
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: 9780141977089
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Quick overview One of the most dynamic, restless and clever men ever to rule England, Henry II (1154-89) was brought down both by his relationship with his archbishop Thomas Becket and his arguments with his sons, most importantly the future Richard I and King John. This account shows why Henry II left such a compelling impression on his contemporaries.
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Henry II (1154-89) through a series of astonishing dynastic coups became the ruler of an enormous European empire. One of the most dynamic, restless and clever men ever to rule England, he was brought down both by his catastrophic relationship with his archbishop Thomas Becket and his debilitating arguments with his sons, most importantly the future Richard I and King John. His empire may have ultimately collapsed, but in Richard Barber's vivid and sympathetic account the reader can see why Henry II left such a compelling impression on his contemporaries.

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