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Henry II
Biographical informations
Home French Court, France
Title Former King of France
Status Deceased

Catherine (wife)
Francis III (older brother) Diane de Poitiers (ex mistress)
Sebastian (son)
Francis (son)
Elizabeth (daughter)
Claude (daughter)
Charles (son)
Henry III (son)
King Philip II (son-in-law)
Mary Stuart (daughter-in-law)
Kenna (daughter-in-law)
Unborn Grandchild

Portrayed by Alan van Sprang
Seasons Season 1
First Appearance Pilot
Latest appearance Slaughter of Innocence
Henry's fondness for anyone is eclipsed by his love of power.
Catherine about Henry in Fated

Henry II of France (French: Henri II) was the King of France. He was the husband of Catherine, and the father of Francis, Sebastian, Elizabeth, Claude, Charles and Henry Jr. He was the father-in-law of Mary Stuart and Kenna. He is portrayed by Canadian actor Alan van Sprang

Early LifeEdit

Henry was born the second son of the previous king. His father was captured by the Spanish in his childhood and Henry and his older brother, the Dauphin Francis, went to meet him on a supposed brief visit. When Henry ran to greet his father, his father ran past Henry and his brother and jumped into another boat, leaving Henry and his brother behind with the Spanish as hostages in his place. Whilst captive of the Spanish, Henry and his brother were beaten and starved. When His brother was eighteen he poisoned his water during a tennis match killing him.

Season OneEdit

In the Pilot, King Henry prepares to join Catherine in celebrating the wedding of their daughter Elisabeth when Francis pops up and Henry tells him that his wedding won't happen until he says so. Henry is also seen making out with Kenna for the first time.

In Snakes in the Garden, Catherine and Henry are discussing Charles’, Francis’ younger brother, future wedding to Madeline, who is French as well so they would not have to worry about her loyalties. Later Henry questions Catherine on why she did not inform him when she found out Colin was still alive, and that he should be notified of these things immediately, regardless if he is with his mistress or not, day or night. Henry seems mistrustful of Catherine, and her interactions with Nostradamus.

Francis, showing something other than disdain for Mary in his father’s presence for the first time, brings his concerns about the English to Henry’s attention. Henry doesn’t care, is intent to keep Mary in France to use as a weapon when he sees fit. After Francis mentions ending the engagement and sending her back to Scotland, he learns that Mary’s mother does not want her back without a king as a husband and an army to potentially use. Henry calls Francis out on his intentions, questioning his worry about someone he doesn’t want to marry.

Henry visits Kenna’s rooms with the man she was with earlier. He asks if he would be willing to marry Kenna, no questions asked, if he had the blessing of his king. When he agrees, and is sent on his way, Henry informs Kenna that her prospects expands when she is in the king’s favor. He then pulls her into a kiss and tells her to think about his offer.

In Kissed,

In Hearts and Minds, Henry re enters negotiations for the wedding of Mary and Francis after she, Francis and Bash save Simon the English Envoy from being executed.

In A Chill in the Air, Henry asks Kenna to become his official Mistress

In Chosen, Henry and Kenna get into a small spat over Diane coming back to court, and why he won't change

In Left Behind, he is dealing with a peasant uprising, thus leaving him absent.

In Fated, he announces his plan to have Mary and Francis married, so that Mary would also take her claim on the English throne, as the English Queen is on her deathbed.

In For King and Country, as the guards caught Mary and Sebastian, he threatens to kill Bash if Mary doesn't take her claim on the English throne. As Mary decides to take her claim only if she marries Bash, Henry is forced to legitimize him. He says he shall leave for Rome.

In Sacrifice, he is in Rome trying to negotiate Sebastian's legitimization.  The legitimization plan fails and Mary is tricked into rushing in marriage to Francis.

In Inquisition: Henry accuses Queen Catherine of adultery, and they get into a heated discussion about their marriage which reveals that Henry had a huge role in the breakdown of their marriage. The Royal couple eventually melt into each other's arms again, and make love which leaves Henry with doubts about killing his wife; however when he discovers that Catherine had an affair with his friend Richard and had a child (Clarissa) the Queen is convicted of adultery and sent to the tower to await her death.

In The Consummation: Henry pardons Catherine for the wedding of their son Francis and Mary.

In Dirty Laundry: King Henry accidentally causes the death of Archduchess Cecelia sister of the visiting Archduke Ferdinand of Bohemia, and asks his Queen of all people to help him cover up her death as there is no one at court who is better at this than his wife. This seems to bring them closer together and he tries to kiss her but she backs away from him.

In The Darkness: King Henry is showing early signs of being ill, Kenna finds a woman dead in Henry's chambers and asks Catherine to help her as she is scared for her life. Catherine tries to help Henry as she is becoming worried about him, but he rejects her help telling her that this will remain a secret between them.

In Monsters: Henry's illness becomes more obvious after a servant named Penelope wins "Queen of the Bean" and Henry becomes obsessed with her. Henry and Penelope poison Catherine after she tells Henry that Catherine threatened to kill her if she didn't kill Henry first.

In Liege Lord" Henry is showing further signs of illness so much so that Catherine is having all important matters diverted to her so that she can look after France without alerting the country to her husband's illness.

In No Exit: Henry finally gets rid of Penelope after a visiting Bishop condemns his behavior, and Henry collapses in his Queen's arms and realizes that he is going to need her if he is going to survive.


Henry is headstrong, stubborn, and does not appreciate people undermining his authority as royalty. He appears to be a bit of a hedonist, having 2 mistresses and a wife. Despite this, he seems to be really caring toward his children, even more toward his first-born and bastard son Sebastian. Henry is extremely greedy and power-hungry, his constant obsession with expanding the Kingdom of France is a major  conflict between him and the other characters.  

Physical AppearanceEdit

Henry is tall with a muscular build. He has a shaved head and stubble, with dark brown eyes. 


Relationship With Relationship Page Type
Diane de Poitiers Henry and Diane Romantic
Kenna Kenna and Henry Romantic
Catherine de' Medici Henry and Catherine Romantic (formerly)
Enemies (currently)
Family (currently)
Sebastian Henry and Sebastian Family
Francis Francis and Henry


Penelope  Henry and Penelope Romantic



  • Henry is a masculine given name from the Germanic name Heimirich which meant "home ruler", composed of the elements heim "home" and ric "power, ruler". It was later commonly spelled Heinrich, with the spelling altered due to the influence of other Germanic names like Haganrich, in which the first element is hagan "enclosure".


  • The name "Henry" is of Germanic origin derived from "Heimirich" that means "home ruler".
  • King Henry II became very close to Diane de Poitiers before his wedding to Queen Catherine, and their affair officially began the very next year; and they stayed that way for 25 years until his death.
  • It was believed that Sebastian was his favorite child, however he threatened to kill him multiple times, in For King and CountryConsummation, and Monsters.
  • In Inquisition, he admitted he was once in love with Catherine.
  • Historically Henry had 3 other mistresses by whom he had children: Philippa Duci had a daughter: Diane, Duchess d'Angoulême, Lady Janet Stewart had son: Henri d'Angoulême, and Nicole de Savigny who also had a son: Henri de Saint-Rémy
  • He died at the age of 40.
  • In reality, Henry was not a tyrant, or cold or cruel, and he was much more affectionate with his legitimate children than Catherine was. Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor once complained that Henry was not as warlike as his father, Francois I.
  • Henry hated the House of Habsburg, particuarly Spain, much more than he ever hated England since he was a child hostage for nearly four years of Charles V.
  • The sport of jousting fell into decline due to his tragic death(Historically).
  • King Henry has gone mad revealed in Monsters.
  • He has a sexual appetite and has sexual relationships with Kenna, Penelope, and some other woman.
  • His death on the show is historically accurate as Henry died from wounds suffered by a jouster named Lord Montgomery.
  • Henry was the second main character to die.


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