What is it like to be a king but still have to answer to your father? In the twelfth century, Henry the Young King lived in the shadow of one of Europe’s most powerful monarchs: Henry II of England. This episode delves into the life of a man who was crowned twice but never ruled the kingdom.
Thomas Asbridge, The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, The Power Behind Five English Thrones, Ecco, (2014).
Richard Barber, The Devil’s Crown: A History of Henry II and His Sons, Combined Books, (1996).
Elizabeth Hallam, ‘Henry (1155–1183)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, (2004; online edn, May 2006).
R. J. Smith, "Henry II's Heir: The Acta and Seal of Henry the Young King, 1170-83", The English Historical Review, 116:466 (2001): 297-326.
Matthew Strickland, Henry the Young King, 1155-1183, Yale University Press, (2016).
W.L. Warren, Henry II, University of California Press, (1973).
Human Footnotes, the RadioPublic Playlist mentioned in this episode, can be found here.
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin Macleod (www.incompetech.com)