What is the most significant event in the reign of Henry II?
The most famous event of Henry’s reign was the Murder of Thomas Becket. Becket had been Henry’s friend and confidant. Appointed as Chancellor, Becket had shown great zeal in his administration.
Who was Henry II and what was his legacy?
Henry II was the founder of the Plantagenet dynasty that ruled England for over 300 years. He is credited with bringing a great deal of order and justice to his realm after nearly twenty years of Civil War, and laying a strong foundation in law and precedent for those monarchs who followed him.
How did Henry II change England?
During the early years of his reign the younger Henry restored the royal administration in England, re-established hegemony over Wales and gained full control over his lands in Anjou, Maine and Touraine.