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King Henry VI Biography Summary: King Henry VI (1421 - 1471) was famous for being the King of England on two separate occasions. Henry would become the youngest Prince to become a King at just nine months old.
At the age of sixteen he was declared old enough to rule his kingdom and a marriage with Margaret of Anjou, fifteen to his sixteen, was arranged.
Henry would suffer severe bouts of madness and depression, so severely at times he would not know nor understand what was going on around him for months. Margaret would largely take over the responsibilities of the land and trying to regain the throne for her husband.
Henry would regain his throne briefly but he would not only lose his throne but his son also in the ongoing war between the Lancastrian and Yorks, otherwise known as the Wars of the Roses.
King Henry VI Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1421 - 1471 *** Full Name: Henry VI *** Occupation: King of England *** Date of Birth: King Henry VI was born on December 6th 1421 *** Place of Birth: King Henry VI was born in Windsor Castle, Berkshire, England *** Family background: His father was King Henry V of England and his mother was Catherine of Valois the daughter of Charles VI of France *** Early life and childhood: He grew up an only child until his father died and his mother remarried and had two further sons, with two brothers, Edmund the Earl of Richmond and Jasper the Duke of Bedford *** Education: King Henry VI would have received the very best education his parents could provide in all aspects of learning ***
King Henry VI Fact 1: King Henry VI was born on December 6th 1421 and during the 15th century period in history when described as the late middle ages to early Renaissance and early modern period.
King Henry VI Fact 3: Barely a few weeks after that he would become the titular King of France when his grandfather Charles VI died.
King Henry VI Fact 4: As his mother was French the nobles of the court of England were very suspicious of her and would not allow her to have much to do with bringing up her son.
King Henry VI Fact 9: Their wedding took place on April 23rd 1445 and in 1446 the terms of the agreement for the marriage would become known and as Henry feared it did not make him popular. He had agreed to hand over Maine and Anjou to Charles but Margaret was determined that the agreement would be honored.
King Henry VI Fact 10: There is a strong suggestion of a mental breakdown of sorts in August of 1453 that would grip Henry for over a year in length, not even the birth of his own son and heir, Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales, seemed to rally him.
King Henry VI Fact 12: The Wars of the Roses would continue over a number of years. By 1461 Henry had escaped inside his own head once more and he was captured in Northampton in 1460 and would be deposed on March 29th 1461 but would find himself released from prison in a fit of singing and laughing which the battle raged around him. The King and Queen made for Scotland and made it safely over the border.
King Henry VI Fact 13: Queen Margaret largely took the lead and their orders from her, those that were still loyal to the Lancastrians.
King Henry VI Fact 16: Through various machinations Margaret agreed to the match been her son and the daughter of one of Edwards supporters with whom he had fallen out with and Margaret had managed to strike a deal with by a marriage between their children. With that deed done, the Earl of Warwick, Richard Neville, forced Edward into exile and restored Henry to his throne once more.
King Henry VI Fact 17: By the time Henry was back on his throne in October of 1470 but his return would last barely six months.
King Henry VI Fact 18: By this time Warwick had once more returned his loyalty to Edward and would assist him in regaining the throne in battle. Young Edward IV made his return to England in 1471 but would be killed in the Battle of Tewksbury on May 4th 1471.
King Henry VI Fact 19: Henry was returned to the Tower of London once more and there he died on May 21st 1471. His body laid to rest originally in Chertsey Abbey he was removed to St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, England.
Influence & Legacy: His most notable achievement was in education and he would be responsible for the founding of Eton College, King’s College, Cambridge and All Souls College in Oxford.
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