Geoffrey


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Geoffrey

(jĕf`rē), 1158–86, duke of Brittany (1171–86); fourth son of Henry IIHenry II,
1133–89, king of England (1154–89), son of Matilda, queen of England, and Geoffrey IV, count of Anjou. He was the founder of the Angevin, or Plantagenet, line in England and one of the ablest and most remarkable of the English kings.
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 of England. Betrothed (1166) to Constance, heiress of Brittany, he was recognized as heir to the duchy in 1169 and succeeded to it on the death of her father. He married Constance in 1181. With his brothers he rebelled (1173–74) against Henry II and was subsequently involved (1182–84) in territorial disputes with his brother Richard (later Richard IRichard I,
 Richard Cœur de Lion
, or Richard Lion-Heart,
1157–99, king of England (1189–99); third son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine.
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). Geoffrey died in Paris while forming an alliance with Philip IIPhilip II
or Philip Augustus,
1165–1223, king of France (1180–1223), son of Louis VII. During his reign the royal domains were more than doubled, and the royal power was consolidated at the expense of the feudal lords.
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 of France against Henry II.
References in classic literature ?
Geoffrey had shot many good shafts that day; and indeed had risen from the ranks by virtue of them.
Geoffrey of Monmouth's Histories, translated by Sebastian Evans.
About twenty years after Geoffrey wrote, the French poet Wace, an English subject, paraphrased his entire 'History' in vivid, fluent, and diffuse verse.
In that light he figures in the first important work in which native English reemerges after the Norman Conquest, the 'Brut' (Chronicle) wherein, about the year 1200, Laghamon paraphrased Wace's paraphrase of Geoffrey.
The word 'Brut' comes from the name 'Brutus,' according to Geoffrey a Trojan hero and eponymous founder of the British race.
The dialect is that of the Northwest Midland, scarcely more intelligible to modern readers than Anglo-Saxon, but it indicates that the author belonged to the same border region between England and Wales from which came also Geoffrey of Monmouth and Laghamon, a region where Saxon and Norman elements were mingled with Celtic fancy and delicacy of temperament.
DAVID CAMERON has led tributes to Welsh-born former chancellor Lord Geoffrey Howe, who has died aged 88.
This was on the very day in 1990 when Geoffrey Howe had made his historic "broken cricket bat" speech, which brought about Margaret Thatcher's fall from power.
Geoffrey Willey was one of the original members of Northumberland Wildlife Trust when it was set up in 1971.
DLA Piper has appointed Geoffrey Scardoni as a partner in the Tax team.
This is the second surprise party Not Going Out has hosted and the occasion this time is the wedding anniversary of Lucy's parents Wendy and Geoffrey (played by the imposing Geoffrey Whitehead).
BROADCASTER Geoffrey Wheeler, host of the BBC's Songs of Praise and school quiz show Top of the Form, left PS281,911 in his will.