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Contemporary depictions of Henry II's parents Geoffrey the Fair (l) and the Empress Matilda (r).. Henry was said by chroniclers to be good-looking, red-haired, freckled, with a large head; he had a short, stocky body and was bow-legged from riding  Often he was scruffily dressed  Not as reserved as his mother Matilda, nor as charming as his father Geoffrey, Henry was famous for his energy and drive and infamous for his piercing stare, bullying, temper and his sullen refusal to speak at all.

Medieval depiction of Geoffrey, Count of Anjou, Duke of Normand, and The Empress Matilda (Maud), parents of Henry II of England

Royal Family Tree (849-2012) | Click on picture to go to its site. Then use your mouse to highlight anyone you wish to know more about. This is a great help for research.

Royal Family Tree: King Alfred the Great to Queen Elizabeth II A link to a lot of information about the Royal History

Ealhswith or Ealswitha (born c. 852 in Mercia – died 905) was the daughter of a Mercian nobleman, Æthelred Mucil, Ealdorman of the Gaini. She was married in 868 to Alfred the Great, before he became king of Wessex. In accordance with ninth century West Saxon custom, she was not given the title of queen.

Ealhswith was a Mercian princess who married Alfred, Anglo-Saxon king of Wessex. She was never called queen and she never witnessed any charters during Alfred’s administration. But she was the moth…

A monarch of outsized proportions, passions and appetites, King Henry VIII (1491-1547) ruled England for 36 years.

A monarch of outsized proportions, passions and appetites, King Henry VIII ruled England for 36 years.

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