Geoffrey ‘Plantagenet’


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count of Anjou (1129–51) and duke of Normandy (1144–51), became the husband of Henry I's designated heiress, the Empress Matilda, on 17 June 1128. His political ambitions seem always to have been restricted to the traditional aim of the counts of Anjou, the conquest of Normandy. He never visited England during the civil war between his wife and King Stephen, which began in 1135, but his eventual conquest of the duchy in 1144 had a huge impact on Britain's history because it laid the foundation on which their son Henry II built the Angevin empire.

Subjects: British History.

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