|Posted by Gilbert Stack on December 19, 2016 at 5:05 AM|
On this day (December 19) in 1154, Henry II was crowned king of England in Westminster Abbey. Henry was a strong ruler who restored order to England after the twenty year Anarchy of his predecessor’s reign. He rebuilt the government, reformed the legal system and famously struggled against the church’s efforts to centralize authority under the pope. He was the husband of Eleanor of Aquitaine and the father of Richard the Lionhearted and John. His mint reforms were the subject of my dissertation.