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July Anniversaries

July proved to be an eventful month for Henry the Young King and his family.
6 July 1189 Henry the Young King’s father, king Henry II of England died, aged 56, at Chinon, in the midst of the war campaign against his elder surviving son, Richard [future the Lionheart]. The author of The Deeds of King Henry II reported: Henry, king of England died in the year of our lord 1189, in the month of July, on the sixth day of the month, within the octave of the Apostles Peter and Paul, in the nineteenth lunation, on the fifth day of the week, at Chinon. He was buried at Fontevrault in the abbey of the nuns who served God there. The day after his death, when he was borne to burial, he lay in state robed in royal splendour, wearing a gold crown on his head, gauntlets on his hands and a gold ring on his finger, holding the sceptre in his hand, with gold-braided shoes and spurs on his feet, girded with his sword, and his face uncovered.( in The Plantagenet Chronicles, ed. Dr.Elizabeth Hallam Greenw…

Alnwick Castle. 13 July 1174

‘The King of Scotland was brave, wonderful and bold, Before Alnwick he stood unarmed. I do not relate a fable as one who has heard-say, But as one who was there, and I myself saw it. When these had once cried the war-signal of Vesci, And “Glanvile, knights!” and “Baliol!” likewise, Odinel de Humfreville raised a cry of his own, And this of Estuteville, a bold knight. Then knew king William that he was nearly betrayed!’
Wrote Jordan Fantosme in his Chronicle of the War between the English and the Scots in 1173 and 1174. Having been, as he claimed, the eyewitness to the event, Jordan must have also seen what happened next since he described it in detail. William I of Scotland (known to posterity as William the Lion), realizing his predicament, hastily put on his armour and rushed at the head of the small force towards the English. The bellicose grandson of David I might have succeeded in his bold attack, had his horse not been killed under him. William, pinned helplessly to the ground by the wei…

Death of Henry II. 6 July 1189

Henry, king of England died in the year of our lord 1189, in the month of July, on the sixth day of the month, within the octave of the Apostles Peter and Paul, in the nineteenth lunation, on the fifth day of the week, at Chinon. He was buried at Fontevrault in the abbey of the nuns who served God there. The day after his death, when he was borne to burial, he lay in state robed in royal splendour, wearing a gold crown on his head, gauntlets on his hands and a gold ring on his finger, holding the sceptre in his hand, with gold-braided shoes and spurs on his feet, girded with his sword, and his face uncovered.
From The Deeds of King Henry II in The Plantagenet Chronicles, ed. Dr.Elizabeth HallamGreenwichEdition, 2002, p.192

Henry the Young King’s father died in the midst of the war campaign against his elder surviving son, Richard. He was fifty-six at the time, the ruler of the greatest empire since Charlemagne, stretching from the Scottish border to the Pyrenees. With his administrative…