Henry II of England

1133 - 1189

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Henry II ( (1133-March-05) (1189-July-06)5 March 1133 – 6 July 1189), also known as Henry Fitzempress and Henry Curtmantle, was King of England from 1154 until his death in 1189. During his reign he controlled England, substantial parts of Wales and Ireland, and much of France (including Normandy, Anjou, and Aquitaine), an area that altogether was later called the Angevin Empire, and also held power over Scotland and the Duchy of Brittany. Henry became politically and militarily involved by the age of fourteen in the efforts of his mother, Matilda (daughter of Henry I of England), to claim the English throne, at that time held by Matilda's cousin Stephen of Blois. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Henry II of England has received more than 10,835,905 page views. His biography is available in 77 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 72 in 2019). Henry II of England is the 373rd most popular politician (up from 385th in 2019), the 153rd most popular biography from France (up from 166th in 2019) and the 43rd most popular French Politician.

Henry II of England is most famous for his role in the murder of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury.

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Among politicians, Henry II of England ranks 373 out of 19,576Before him are Bhumibol Adulyadej, Semiramis, Menachem Begin, Indira Gandhi, Patrice Lumumba, and William the Silent. After him are John III Sobieski, Willy Brandt, Ursula von der Leyen, Cambyses II, Cnut the Great, and Ögedei Khan.

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Among people born in 1133, Henry II of England ranks 1After him are Agnes of Courtenay, Stephen IV of Hungary, Sigurd II of Norway, Hōnen, Al-Zafir, Urraca of Castile, Queen of Navarre, and Saint Thorlak. Among people deceased in 1189, Henry II of England ranks 1After him are Minamoto no Yoshitsune, William II of Sicily, Benkei, Gerard de Ridefort, Matilda of England, Duchess of Saxony, Humbert III, Count of Savoy, Emperor Shizong of Jin, and Frederick, Duke of Bohemia.

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Among people born in France, Henry II of England ranks 153 out of 6,770Before him are Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord (1754), Charles IX of France (1550), Georges Braque (1882), Eugène de Beauharnais (1781), Pope John XXII (1244), and Zinedine Zidane (1972). After him are Petronius (27), Évariste Galois (1811), Jean-François Millet (1814), Alfred Dreyfus (1859), Georges Pompidou (1911), and Pierre Bourdieu (1930).


Among politicians born in France, Henry II of England ranks 43Before him are Charles V of France (1338), Joachim Murat (1767), Louis XVIII of France (1755), Godfrey of Bouillon (1060), François Hollande (1954), and Charles IX of France (1550). After him are Georges Pompidou (1911), Philip VI of France (1293), Edward IV of England (1442), Louis VII of France (1120), Louis VIII of France (1187), and Francis II of France (1544).