1 August proved to be an eventful day for Henry the Young King and his family...
In 1137, long before Young Henry’s arrival into this world, his mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, newly wedded to Prince Louis of
learned of her father-in-law’s
death. Let me cite Marion Meade: France
‘… the same day that the bridal party arrived in Eleanor’s ancestral city, Poitiers, Louis the Fat lay dying in Paris…’. Louis the Fat (1108-37)– French ‘le Gros’- described by Abbot Suger as a man ‘whose spirit was as large as his body’, was a soldier king who managed to subdue unruly barons pillaging the royal lands and improve the efficiency of his administration. Louis VI was followed by his son, Louis VII, Eleanor’s first husband, and Henry the Young King’s future father-in-law.
‘The King was a giant in the battle and was everywhere in the field. Now here, now there, wherever the attacks of the Turks raged most fiercely. On that day his sword shone like lightening and many of the Turks felt its edge. Some were cloven in two from their helmet to their teeth.; others lost their heads, arms and other limbs, lopped off at a single blow. He mowed down men as reapers mow down corn with their sickles. Whoever felt one of his blows had no need of a second.’
After the battle both, Richard and Saladin fell ill. What’s more they were painfully aware that they had failed. Saladin sent a doctor, fruit and snow to Richard. When the worst was over they came to terms, signing a three-year truce on 2 September 1192.
In 1202 Henry the Young King’s nephew, Arthur of Brittany, Geoffrey and Constance’s son was surprised and captured by his uncle John while besieging his grandmother, Eleanor at
For John it meant the greatest victory he won and was to win, for Arthur it
meant the beginning of his end. He was sent to Falaise to be kept in close
confinement and was never seen alive again. Mirebeau Castle