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Henry the Young King, 1155-1183

Matthew Strickland


This first modern study of Henry the Young King, eldest son of Henry II but the least known Plantagenet monarch, explores the brief but eventful life of the only English ruler after the Norman Conquest to be created co-ruler in his father's lifetime. Crowned at fifteen to secure an undisputed succession, Henry played a central role in the politics of Henry II's great empire and was hailed as the embodiment of chivalry. Yet, consistently denied direct rule, the Young King was provoked first into heading a major rebellion against his father, then to waging a bitter war against his brother Richar ... More

Keywords: chivalry, Henry the Young King, Henry II, kingship, succession, dynastic politics, Thomas Becket, William Marshal, Eleanor of Aquitaine, rebellion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780300215519
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300215519.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Strickland, author
University of Glasgow