How Did Henry II Achieve The Angevin Empire?

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Henry II was the king of England in the 12th century. Before becoming king, he was already a duke reigning over Normandy, Anjou, Maine and, through his marriage with Eleanor, Aquitaine. Henry came to power in 1154, after the death of his cousin Stephen, in accordance with the Treaty of Winchester made between them a year earlier. (Knowles 2016) He inherited a kingdom that had been torn apart by civil war, but within his reign, which ended with his death in 1189, England had transformed from a state in ruins to a considerable power only second to the Holy Roman Empire. What did Henry II do to achieve this? The essay map is missing. The most noticeable achievement of Henry II, was the size of his “Angevin empire”. Henry II already governed large
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