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Conclusion: Henry The Soldier

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Henry II won his vast domains through a variety of means. By 1154, he was lord over England, Anjou, and Normandy, bringing the latter back to the English crown after Stephen had essentially lost it. Henry received the county of Nantes in 1158, became duke of Brittany in 1166, and led a series of campaigns into both Berry, to the east of Touraine, and the Vexin. Henry clearly had a mind for the conduct of warfare. As early as 1149 he was deploying reconnaissance missions and leading campaigns. A keen politician, Henry was also quick to turn diplomatic advantages into military opportunities. Henry II also possessed character traits that lent themselves to both soldiery and military command. In the context of twelfth-century warfare, Henry II was an extraordinarily successful leader.

Keywords: Henry II; military command; reconnaissance missions; Soldier; twelfth-century warfare



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