1 At 21 Henry became King of England. After Henry invaded and landed in England
in Jan 1153, Stephen had lost his heir, Eustace, as he had died unexpectedly. In
August Stephen came to terms with Henry naming him his heir. Only a few
months later Stephen died.
2 At Age 18 Henry succeeded his father
as Count of Anjou after his death
3 Henry gained Aquitaine at 19
4 Despite disputes, Louis VII of France in 1154
recognised Henry as Count of Anjou, Duke or
Normandy, and Duke of Aquitaine
5 At age 16, Henry became Duke or Normandy. His father had
systematically conqusted Normandy by 1144. Geoffrey then made
Henry Duke of Normandy in 1150
6 The lands
6.1 Anjou was important to Henry, a vital cenre through
which communications between Henry's Northern
and Southern lands must pass.
6.1.1 Anjou had common borders with all of
Henry's continental lands
6.2 Both Henry and Richard spent vast amounts of time absent from their
lands. The Angevins therefore had effective separate administrations
that handled government issues in the King's absence.
6.3 Expansion after 1154
6.3.1 Henry was able to use the lands acquired
in 1154 to gain more during his reign.
22.214.171.124 Brittany, disputed lands between Anjou
and Champagne, Norman Vexin (on the
border between Normandy and France),
Ireland, Scotland and Wales
126.96.36.199 His dominance
rather than luck or
7 Henry became known
as England's greatest