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Henry II
Biographical Information
  • King of France
  • Catholicism
  • Deceased
Cause of Death
  • Infection from jousting accident
Killed By
Relationship Information
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First Appearance
Last Appearance

Don't you recognize your own father?
Henry's ghost to Francis in Drawn and Quartered

Henry II of France (French: Henri II) was the King of France. He was the husband of Catherine, and the father of Francis, Sebastian, Elisabeth, Claude, Margaret, Charles, Henry III and twins: Emone and Henrietta. He was the father-in-law of Mary Stuart, Kenna, and Philip II.

Henry was determined to get his hands on England and have his son and daughter-in-law rule over the three nations. He eventually spiraled into madness and he was then willing to go to extreme lengths to achieve this goal, whether it be crossing lines or not. He got it in his head that he had to kill Francis and wed Mary so that he could have all three kingdoms to himself. His family quickly realized that it would not be safe for the nation to have a mad king and that they had to kill him. After a few failed plots against him that drove him even further into madness. During The Joust, Francis in disguise battled his father and gave him an injury that gave him an infection eventually killing him in Slaughter of Innocence.

Henry later returned as a ghost in Mercy.

He was portrayed by Canadian actor Alan van Sprang

Henry was a member of the House of Valois by birth and a member of the House of Medici by marriage.

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 Francis and jumped into another boat, leaving the boys behind with the Spanish as hostages in his place. Whilst captive of the Spanish, Henry and Francis were beaten and starved. When Francis was eighteen Henry poisoned his water during a tennis match, killing him, in order to gain the throne.

Throughout ReignEdit

Season TwoEdit

In Drawn and Quartered, Henry possessed a wet nurse to talk with Francis, calling him a usurper.

In Coronation Henry again possesses Caroline when he is summoned by The Summoner to do so. He tells Francis that he should have known that it wasn't Lord Montgomery that killed him but Francis. Due to the different riding style and the fact that Francis had been plotting a lot before his death. He states that he doesn't know why he hasn't risen but is still stuck.

In Mercy Henry's ghost pays an erotic visit to his sleeping Queen in her chambers. Catherine is more than a little confused as to how her dead husband could be in her room; however Henry tells her that their twins found him, and that she shouldn't feel guilty about Claude. Catherine begins to protest only to be silenced by her husband's kiss, which is so passionate that she clearly can't resist him. Henry tells Catherine that he needs her to please say that she wants him back, to which Catherine replies that she does indeed want him back. The couple reignites their passion as they begin making love.

In Getaway Catherine and Henry are in her chambers; having a seemingly romantic moment while she mixes something on the table. Henry comments that he's missed the was she mixes garlic and arsenic, while Catherine laughs happily and informs her husband that he will exhaust himself if he keeps flattering her. Henry says that death has made him lovesick, and while it's cold in the dark his wife is down right toasty. In response to the protests about poisoning their daughter, Henry replies by saying that the twins were their children also, and since he'll be spending eternity with them he takes their wish for vengeance into consideration. Catherine goes on the defense for her daughter saying that Claude was only 5 when she killed the twins, that she didn't know right from wrong, and that God must take these things into consideration. Henry says that while he doesn't doubt that his daughter will go to heaven, she will get more mercy from God than the twins. Later Henry watches with the twins as Catherine has a tender moment with their daughter.

In Banished, Henry is with his wife in her chambers along with their twins. Catherine is going through her box of makeup and jewelry trying to decide what to wear with her gown, and She comments to Henry that her jewels and makeup only hide the corrupt flesh underneath, and Henry remarks that her flesh isn't nearly as corrupt since she started a campaign of self flagellation. Catherine talks to Henry in order to find out why they’re no longer angry with her because she let Claude live. Henry tells her that he listened, gave them time, respect and love which is what families are supposed to offer each other. Catherine replies that this would be true in a perfect world which they don’t live in; however Henry gets up and has a loving moment with his Queen as he tells her that he’s not talking about a perfect world, but the world that so close to hers if she would only choose to be a part of it. Catherine is confused and asks him how she can be part of his world, when she doesn't even know if it or her husband is real; she then asks if she is going mad.

Later sees his old mistress Diane de Poitiers, and much to his wife's delight he isn't happy to see her and wonders what he ever saw in her. The Henry leaves to spend time with Catherine and their daughters, and while the couple are in the woods they have a romantic frolic during which Catherine is left in the cold and nearly freezes to death. Later that night, Henry and his wife have another heated discussion during which Catherine rips into him for ripping their once happy family apart. Finally Catherine bids Henry to return to his own hell and leave her to her hers.


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 was tall and muscular built man in his early forties. He has a shaved head, however his hair would be dark brown if it wasn't shaved and brown stubble beard. He had brown eyes and pale skin. Being the king of France he always wore his crown and was rarely seen without it. He also wore the most lavish clothing, as king wanting to display his wealth and power.


Diane de PoitiersEdit

Henry and Diane

Diane was Henry's official mistress. They first met when they were teenagers and continued to have an affair regardless of the fact that he was married to Catherine. Years after Diane gave birth to Henry's first child, an illegitimate son named Sebastian. Not long after Mary's return to court Henry decided that he wanted to have an affair with one of her ladies Kenna. Diane actually helped him out not feeling threatened of her position with him as his official mistress. (See Henry and Diane)


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Kenna was Henry's mistress for a while in the series. They began having a physically drawn relationship. Little did Kenna know he never had the intention of only being with her he was still seeing Diane behind her back. Not long after Kenna noticed that Henry began acting diferently when he wanted to have a threesome and then strangled the other girl to death. She then started to become frightened around Henry and no longer wanted to be with him. Since he had promised to find her a suitor and didn't want Bash to go after Mary he forced the two of them to be married. Although after he had them married Henry continued to try and sleep with Kenna. (See Kenna and Henry)



Penelope was one of Henry's short term mistresses. They first met when Penelope won the Bean Queen contest and became Queen for a day. Henry thinking she was beautiful decided to hook up with her. Since he had already begun spiralling into madness he continued treat Penelope as his Queen long past the intended one day time period. He however eventually got bored of her and she was sent back to her regular life. No longer being his mistress Penelope lied to Henry telling him she was pregnant as a last shot to regain what she had a taste of.

Catherine de' MediciEdit

King and Country - 21 Catherine n Henry

Catherine was Henry's wife before he passed away. They first met when they were teenagers, eventually getting married at 14 in an arranged marriage. They have multiple children together including Francis, Elisabeth, Claude, Charles and Henry III. They had a loving relationship at the beginning of their marriage but that quickly changed as Henry began having an affair with Diane and Catherine with Richard. They rekindled their romances for a while in Inquisition when they both admitted to each other that they still felt love for each other. That was short lived however. (See Henry and Catherine)


Consummation 46 Sebastian n King Henry

Although Sebastian is a bastard, he was always Henry's preferred son. until midway trough season one both of them always got along well since their was no competition between them because Bash isn't his heir. However when Bash tried to be legitimized and wed Mary to protect his brother but failed. Thus almost risking Henry England he exiled Bash. When Bash returned from exile his father didn't give him a warm welcome. Instead forced him to wed Kenna to solve two problems. Although he let Bash return to court his father was already spiralling into madness and they never really reconciled their relationship. (See Henry and Sebastian)



Francis is Henry's eldest legitimate child and son. They had a strained relationship mostly because of the fact that Francis was Henry's heir and because he is closer to his mother. Henry always saw him as his usurper instead of his heir causing Henry to be weary around him. When Henry spiralled into madness he hatched the idea to kill Francis and wed Mary. Although at first Francis was reluctant to kill his father he eventually realised that it wasn't safe for France to have a mad king any longer. So he not only jumped on board with the idea but he executed his father himself during The Joust. He later visited his Henry when he was on his death bed and felt alot of grief and guilt over what he had done. (See Francis and Henry)



  • 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.
  • The plot Henry had in the show to take England and put his daughter in law Mary on the throne is historically true: When Francis and Mary wed, Henry intended that the couple would rule France, Scotland, and England. This became more of an issue after Queen Mary I died, because Henry and his Catholic advisors saw Elizabeth I unfit to rule because of her supposed illegitimacy.
  • It was believed that Sebastian was his favorite child, however he threatened to kill him multiple times, in For King and CountryThe Consummation, 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.
  • Historically Henry ruled France for 12 years.
  • He died at the age of 40.
    • When Henry took part in the joust, the Royal court was celebrating the proxy marriage of his daughter Elisabeth to Phillip II.
    • The sport of jousting fell into decline due to his tragic death (Historically).
  • 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, particularly Spain, much more than he ever hated England since he was a child hostage for nearly four years of Charles V.
  • King Henry's madness is 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,the first beimg Aylee.
  • It was revealed in Banished that Henry was involved in the deaths of his twins with Catherine, by luring the nanny away from her post so he could sleep with her.


Henry II has a photo gallery.

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