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Henry the Second

by Mrs. J. R. Green

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1926. Contents: Henry Plantagenet; Angevin Empire; government of England; first reforms; constitutions of Clarendon; Assize of Clarendon; strife with the church; conquest of Ireland; revolt of the baronage; court of Henry; death of Henry.

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A king of those days, indeed, was not shielded from criticism. He lived altogether in public, with scarcely a trace of etiquette or ceremony. When a bishop of Lincoln kept Henry waiting for dinner while he performed a service, the king's only remedy was to send messenger after messenger to urge him to hurry in pity to the royal hunger. The first-comer seems to have been able to go straight to his presence at any hour, whether in hall or chapel or sleeping-chamber; and the king was soundly rated by every one who had seen a vision, or desired a favour, or felt himself aggrieved in any way, with a rude plainness of speech which made sorely necessary his proverbial patience under such harangues.



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