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|“||Don't you recognize your own father?||”|
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.
He was portrayed by Canadian actor, Alan van Sprang.
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.
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.
Henry was a tall and well-built man in his early forties. He had brown eyes, tanned skin, and - through his brown stubble beard - one could tell that his hair would be dark brown if it had not been shaved. As the King of France, and always wanting to display his wealth and power, he wore the most lavish clothing, and was very rarely seen without his crown.
|Snakes in the Garden||Appears|
|Hearts and Minds||Appears|
|A Chill in the Air||Mentioned|
|For King and Country||Appears|
|Long Live The King||Appears|
|Slaughter of Innocence||Appears|
|Drawn and Quartered||Appears|
|The Lamb & The Slaughter||Mentioned|
|Blood for Blood||Mentioned|
|The Prince of the Blood||Mentioned|
|Terror of the Faithful||Mentioned|
|Acts of War||Absent|
|Sins of the Past||Mentioned|
|The End of Mourning||Mentioned|
|Reversal of Fortune||Absent|
|With Friends Like These||Absent|
|A Grain of Deception||Absent|
|Leaps of Faith||Absent|
|Playing with Fire||Mentioned|
|Love & Death||Absent|
|A Better Man||Absent|
|Dead of Night||Absent|
|Coup de Grace||Absent|
|A Bride. A Box. A Body.||Mentioned|
|Blood in the Water||Absent|
|All It Cost Her||Absent|
- 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".
- 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 Country, The 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, with the first being Aylee.
- In Drawn and Quartered and Coronation, Alan van Sprang doesn't make an actual appearance, but is possessing one of the wet nurses.
- 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.