Henry II
Reign 1154-89 CE

Monetary System
Silver Pennies and Gold Thrymsas
40 Pence = 1 Thrymsa

Henry II Curtmantle was born in 1133 CE to Geoffery V th Fair Plangenet and  Matilada the Empress and Queen of England at Palace, Le Mans, Anjou.  In accordance with the Treaty of Wallingford, a succession agreement signed by Stephen and Matilda in 1153, Henry was crowned in October 1154 CE after Stephen's death. His judicial and administrative reforms increased Royal control and influence at the expense of the fuedal Lords and were of great constitutional importance. He introduced trial by Jury. Henry also extended his territory in the British Isles in two significant ways. He acquired Cumbria and Northumbria form Malcom IV of Scotland and settled the Anglo-Scot border in the North. His success with Welsh campaigns was not noteworthy, however Henry invaded Ireland and secured an English presence on the island.

He married Eleanor of Aquitaine, Duchess of Aquitaine and had eleven children with her. He also had two children  with  Alisa Capet, one child with Nesta Bloet and four children with Alice de Porhoët. Henry II died in 1189 CE and interred at Fontevraud Abbey in France.

Silver penny of Henry II  1154-89 CE.
Obverse: Henry portrait.


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