24 Facts About Angevin Empire


Angevin Empire describes the possessions of the House of Plantagenet during the 12th and 13th centuries, when they ruled over an area covering roughly half of France, all of England, and parts of Ireland and Wales, and had further influence over much of the remaining British Isles.

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Term Angevin Empire is a neologism defining the lands of the House of Plantagenet: Henry II and his sons Richard I and John.

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The term Angevin Empire was coined by Kate Norgate in her 1887 publication, England under the Angevin Kings.

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Adoption of the Angevin Empire label marked a re-evaluation of the times, considering that both English and French influence spread throughout the dominion in the half century during which the union lasted.

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The term Angevin Empire itself is the demonym for the residents of Anjou and its historic capital, Angers; the Plantagenets were descended from Geoffrey I, Count of Anjou, hence the term.

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Use of the term Angevin Empire has engendered controversy among some historians over whether the term is accurate for the actual state of affairs at the time.

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All the continental domains that the Angevin Empire kings ruled were governed by a seneschal at the top of the hierarchical system, with lesser government officials such as baillis, vicomtes, and prevots.

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Maine was at first largely self-ruling and lacked administration until the Angevin Empire kings made efforts to improve administration by installing new officials, such as the seneschal of Le Mans.

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Economy of the Angevin Empire was quite complicated due to the varying political structure of the different fiefdoms.

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Angevin Empire's left Beaugency for Poitiers, narrowly escaping an ambush by Henry's brother Geoffrey on route, and there, eight weeks later, she married Henry.

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Angevin Empire first reached Anjou and compelled Geoffrey to surrender.

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Angevin Empire betrothed Conan's daughter and heir, Constance, to his son, Geoffrey, and took possession of the duchy in Geoffrey's name.

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Angevin Empire gave unconquered kingdoms such as Cork, Limerick and Ulster to his men and left the Normans carving their lands in Ireland.

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Angevin Empire returned within the year to his father—he would not return for 25 years, while other Anglo-Normans such as John de Courcy and Hugh de Lacy built castles and installed their interests.

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Angevin Empire had captured and imprisoned his wife, Eleanor, early on, and the capture of King William allowed him to force Scotland into the Treaty of Falaise.

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Angevin Empire gave a large tribute in money to Philip and swore that all his subjects in France and England would recognise Richard as their lord.

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Angevin Empire suspected Count Raymond would expand his lands into Aquitaine so he allied with Sancho VI the Wise, the King of Navarre, by marrying his daughter, Berengaria, to counter the threat.

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Angevin Empire raided Poitou but was stopped by the local officials, and captured.

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Angevin Empire received the homage of two of Richard's vassals, Geoffrey de Rancon and Bernard of Brosse.

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Angevin Empire was followed by Baldwin IV of Flanders, the future Latin Emperor, as this one was contesting Artois to Philip II.

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Angevin Empire returned to Le Mans with an army where he punished its citizens and then left for England.

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The Angevin Empire was under attack in all areas, with the following year, 1203, being described as that "of shame" by Warren.

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The Angevin Empire had been reduced to England, Gascony, Ireland, and parts of Poitou, and John would not return to his continental possessions for eight years.

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The Early English Period began around 1180 or 1190, in the times of the Angevin Empire, but this religious architecture was totally independent of the Angevin Empire, it was just born at the same moment and spread at those times in England.

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