Henry II conquered the largest empire of any English medieval king. Yet it’s the people around him we remember: his wife Eleanor, whom he seduced from the French king; his sons Richard the Lionheart and ‘bad’ King John; and Thomas Becket, murdered in his cathedral. Who was this great, yet tragic king?
I’ve spent most of the past four years buried in the twelfth century, researching and writing King of the North Wind, a biography of King Henry II of England. The book published, I’ve now re-joined the twenty first century – only to wonder idly whether this great and most outward-looking of English monarchs would have … Continue reading Would Henry II have been for or against Brexit?