KING HENRY II
Seal, Henry II, L.F.Salzmann BA, FSA, Constable and Company, London 1917
- King of England from 1154 – 1188
- Famous for major dispute with his former Chancellor, Thomas Beckett, who was now Archbishop Thomas Beckett.
- The dispute was about the right of clerics to be tried for crimes by an ecclesiastical court, and it led to the Archbishop’s voluntary exile. Bad press for Henry.
- Beckett was murdered by 4 knights in Canterbury cathedral on December 29th, 1170. More bad press.
- Henry refused to help Diarmuid Mac Murchada when he asked for troops. However he gave consent for Diarmuid to contact Richard de Clare (Strongbow).
- As the invasion progressed, Henry became more and more annoyed at Strongbow’s progress.
- He rushed across the Irish sea to make sure he got his piece of the pie, and made Strongbow swear an oath of allegiance.
- Domnall Mac Gilla Mo- Cholmoc swore a similar oath of allegiance to Henry II. As a result, this proud clan was allowed to retain its lands. By skilful negotiation, the family had managed to survive the taking of Dublin ; now, by adapting to the Norman way of life, there was the chance to thrive.
Smal, Chris (1993), Ancient Rathdown and St. Crispin’s Cell, A uniquely historic landscape, Friends of Historic Rathdown, Greystones.