Henry Plantagenet (later King Henry II), sees his opportunity to seize the crown of England and create a kingdom of law and order.






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Series cast summary:
Jane Lapotaire ...  Eleanor of Aquitaine 11 episodes, 1978
Christopher Gable Christopher Gable ...  Charles Auguste / ... 9 episodes, 1978
John Duttine ...  John 8 episodes, 1978
Brian Cox ...  Henry II 7 episodes, 1978
Ralph Michael Ralph Michael ...  Hubert Walter 6 episodes, 1978
Charles Kay ...  Louis VII 5 episodes, 1978
Michael Byrne ...  Richard Lionheart 5 episodes, 1978
Michael Hawkins Michael Hawkins ...  Richard De Lacy 5 episodes, 1978
Lucy Gutteridge ...  Alys / ... 5 episodes, 1978
Ian Hogg ...  William de Brieuse 5 episodes, 1978
Patrick Troughton ...  William Marshal 5 episodes, 1978
Brian Tully Brian Tully ...  Black Monk 5 episodes, 1978


Henry Plantagenet (later King Henry II), sees his opportunity to seize the crown of England and create a kingdom of law and order.

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Drama | History




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Release Date:

30 April 1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

La couronne du diable See more »

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(13 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Very Good Historical TV Series
20 June 2013 | by GlorieuxJSee all my reviews

Very interesting, nicely-made, and mostly historically accurate TV series about the lives King Henry II of England, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine and his sons, including King Richard I (Lionheart) and King John I (Lackland). This series includes thirteen 50-minutes episodes covering the rise and fall of the Angevin Empire from 1150 when young Henry and his father Goeffrey Count of Anjou visit Paris and first meet with Eleanor of Aquitaine, then Queen of France, to 1216 with the death of King John. There are essentially no outdoor scenes in this series and it is most often much more akin to a theater play than a movie or even a TV show. Decors are highly stylized and patterned after the illustrations of medieval manuscripts. Nevertheless the acting and dialogs are excellent and the show always captivates your attention with the intricacies and deviousness of medieval politics.

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