Article taken from: www.wsj.com
Thanks to Shakespeare, the Plantagenet dynasty in England—ruling for more than three centuries—is most often remembered for one of its more controversial members, Richard III, the last Plantagenet to occupy the English throne. But the first three Plantagenet kings were more important than the last, and they have rightly occupied a prominent place in English history.
Henry II played a role in the notorious murder in 1170 of Archbishop Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral. His son Richard I (“the Lionheart”) led the Third Crusade….