King Henry II


Wale. “Henry II. He was born in the Year 1133. Arrived in England Dec 8, 1154, was with his Queen Eleanor, Crowned the 19 of the same Month. Imprisoned his Queen on account of Rosomond his Concubine, 1173. Died with Grief at the Altar, cursing his Sons, July 6, 1189. And Buried at Fonteverand in France.” From Barnard’s New Complete and Authentic History of England. London: Edward Barnard, 1781-83. Engraving. On sheet 14 1/2 x 9. Very good condition.


From a series of historical prints from Edward Barnard’s History of England. This delightful history was described on one of the prints as “A Work Universally Acknowledged to be the Best Performance of the Kind,-on account of It’s Impartiality, Accuracy, New Improvements, Superior Elegance, &c.” It was issued at the end of the eighteenth century in response to the growing demand for works on all subjects by a newly educated reading public in England.