Henry the Young King Takes Centre Stage II
Some time ago I wrote about a new biography of Henry the Young King by Professor Matthew Strickland which is to be ""the first full length study for a century of the eldest son and principal heir of Henry II". For further details check here. Today I have some exciting news to report as well: yesterday saw the publication of the long-awaited second part of Ms Elizabeth Chadwick's Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy, The Winter Crown. To my utter delight, Henry [the future Young King] gets a mention already in the first sentence of the novel. He attends his parents' coronation, giving his mother a vigorous kick in her womb as the Archbishop of Canterbury places the crown on her head!!! He is but seven months old and leads a very eventful prenatal life, it seems :-) For example, he can boast about, no more no less, but crossing the Narrow Sea in the royal boat esnecca (we can read about it in the first part of the trilogy, The Summer Queen). Anyway, in the first chapter of The Winter Crown Henry is given a mention five times in total, but see for yourself. You can read the whole chapter here.
Hurrah for Henry the Young King!