The Troublesome Time of England’s Dual King Henrys ~ Alli Templeton

Reblogged from Medieval Wanderings:

Last year I wrote about the tempestuous marriage of Henry II, the first Plantagenet king of England, and his headstrong queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. Although they spent much of their relationship at loggerheads or estranged, the discordant duo were at least united in one goal: to found a dynasty to rule over their vast Angevin lands that now stretched from the Scottish borders all the way down to the Pyranees. In their four surviving sons they doubtless felt the future of the mighty Plantagenet empire was assured, but the ambitious king would not rest on his laurels. Instead, his obsession with the succession meant that in 1170, England was to bow to not one, but two kings, as Henry crowned his fifteen-year-old son, also called Henry, alongside him. But the throne wasn’t big enough for both of them, and as conflict erupted between father and son, spreading across the whole realm, the stage was set for the first spectacular Plantagenet family implosion.

Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine: this is where the
Plantagenet dynasty starts

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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11 Responses to The Troublesome Time of England’s Dual King Henrys ~ Alli Templeton

  1. Alli Templeton says:

    Thank you, Sue! I’m so pleased you enjoyed it, and I enjoyed our conversation too. 🙂


  2. wow, this is very interesting and enjoyable to read…

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  3. Great minds think alike. I love the whole Hank II and Ellie story. And SHE lived to age 86, so she got to see the whole world change in her lifetime.

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  4. trentpmcd says:

    I did read this, going off of Marilyn’s blog, but I can’t make the mink work here. Henry II, Eleanore, etc are fascinating…


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