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Henry'S Political And Military Career

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Henry's boyhood ended with his crossing of the English Channel in April 1149. Young Henry was finally able to launch his own campaign, the first of his military career, when Ranulf of Chester launched a diversionary attack into Lincolnshire in the northeast, threatening to cut off Stephen from Yorkshire. In a treacherous move, Roger made a secret deal with Stephen and surrendered himself in return for the king's assistance against the castle of Worcester, which had been taken from William de Beauchamp by some of Waleran of Meulan's knights. Henry's prospects in England continued to improve over the course of 1153. It was during this second siege of Torigini that Henry received word of Stephen's death on 25 October 1154 at the hands of a severe illness, perhaps dysentery.

Keywords: Henry; military career; political career; Roger; Stephen



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