Young King Henry

(1155—1183) prince

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was the eldest surviving son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. At Montmirail (Maine) in January 1169 Henry II announced his intentions for the division of his vast dominions, the Young Henry, as eldest son, to receive England, Normandy, and Anjou, Henry II's own inheritance. In May 1170 the young king was duly crowned joint king of England, but remained powerless since Henry II had no intention of abdicating. Young Henry, though, remained feckless and irresponsible, utterly uninterested in the serious business of government. This led him into revolt in 1173. Relations between father and son never fully recovered and he rebelled again in 1183, shortly before his death.

Subjects: British History.

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