Definition of Plantagenet in English:



  • Relating to the English royal dynasty that held the throne from the accession of Henry II in 1154 until the death of Richard III in 1485.

    • ‘Like most members of the Plantagenet royal house, the Duke had a tightly-reined temper that flew off the handle from time to time.’
    • ‘With fantastically perfumed, striped red and white flowers, she is named for Fair Rosamund, mistress of a Plantagenet king.’
    • ‘Originally part of the great council or the king's council of the Norman and Plantagenet monarchs, the Lords became separated from the Commons in the reign of Edward III.’
    • ‘He was married to a Plantagenet princess, Matilda, the daughter of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine.’
    • ‘France had regained Calais, England's only foothold on the continent and its last symbol of Plantagenet glory.’
    • ‘The couple are known as Lord and Lady Morgan Glendwr within the Plantagenet re-enactment group.’
    • ‘The second was Henry VII's England, which ended the Plantagenet councils.’
    • ‘He was especially interested in the idea of ‘faction and dispute’ in the religious forum, writing on characters such as John Wesley and the Plantagenet family, and harboured a special interest in the reformation.’
    • ‘He is an admirable exception to this omission, looking at women and power in his stimulating chapter on the Plantagenet kings.’
    • ‘Unlike his tall and golden haired Plantagenet siblings, Richard was dark and short of stature, grandson of Edmund of York who had taken as a wife Princess Isabella of Castile whose descent was traced back to the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.’
    • ‘It was being built as a great economy from the rubble that it had been, under the previous Plantagenet rule.’
    • ‘Both these peers - the first of royal Plantagenet lineage, the second very much a new man, a Russell of the second generation - were decided Protestants, in favour of the new deal.’
    • ‘It has recently been argued that as a young man Henry VIII saw himself as a new Henry V, destined to regain the Plantagenet domains and even the French crown.’
    • ‘He pressed his father's friend the Lord Chancellor and, later, the Prince Regent for a barony, in respect of a spurious Plantagenet descent.’
    • ‘Once England had been one of the provinces in the Angevin orbit; now it became the indisputable centre of the Plantagenet dominions.’
    • ‘Significantly, and for the first time, the grant of Ireland to Edward: ‘provided that the land of Ireland shall never be separated from the crown of England’, and so left it forever a part of the Plantagenet estate.’
    • ‘After complicated manoeuvring on both sides, in 1202 King Philip announced that John had forfeited the Plantagenet fiefs in France.’
    • ‘It should not be concluded from this that Norman and Plantagenet kings were reluctant to see the orbit of their influence enlarged.’
    • ‘A moated palace was built at Eltham which became a favourite home of Plantagenet monarchs during the 14th and 15th centuries.’
    • ‘Her possible Plantagenet descent partly explains her son's baronial aspirations and his love of his personal heraldry.’


  • A member of the Plantagenet dynasty.

    • ‘Another faction, somewhat overlapping the first, were tired of what they viewed as the excesses of the Plantagenets and wanted a return of their ‘liberties.’’
    • ‘The story of the cutting of the elm could be allegorical, denoting the split between the Plantagenets and King Philip III.’
    • ‘The series depicted the reigns and relationships of the first three Plantagenets, and the tie-in book was written by an eminent historian.’
    • ‘The Plantagenets wanted him christened Henry after his grandfather, but Constance named him Arthur for the legendary King Arthur, a name to conjure with among the Bretons.’
    • ‘It seems likely that the Plantagenets brought the sweet to England.’
    • ‘With all the stubbornness of the Plantagenets, Richard refused to yield.’
    • ‘With flamboyance, energy and not a little twisted humour, the last of the Plantagenets states his case.’
    • ‘There was a history of friendship between the Plantagenets and Dermot, which meant that Dermot was so confident of Henry's goodwill that he travelled all the way to Aquitaine to see him.’
    • ‘From the accession of Henry II in England through Richard III, Europe was besieged by an alliance between Venice and the evil Plantagenets, especially the House of Anjou.’
    • ‘The most important secular story for the Angevins and Plantagenets and their successors has long been acknowledged to be the eponymous foundation of Britain by Brutus.’
    • ‘Philip spent the first years of his reign battling the Plantagenets.’
    • ‘After John's death, William, more than any other perhaps, saved England for the Plantagenets following French invasion.’
    • ‘While the Plantagenets fought in France, the French used the Scots alliance to check them.’
    • ‘John (a Plantagenet, brother to Richard the Lionheart) reigned over a highly sophisticated (for the time) and rapidly expanding English empire.’
    • ‘The House of Lords is now an appointed chamber, as it was under the Plantagenets.’
    • ‘He was ruthless when crossed and some of his contemporaries uneasily credited the story that his family, the Plantagenets, were descended from the Devil - a tale that the Plantagenets themselves delighted to encourage.’
    • ‘The Mafiosi are merely the Plantagenets of our day: removed, exalted, unbound by law.’
    • ‘Thus began the rivalry between the Capetians and the Plantagenets as well as the birth of the Gothic style in France.’
    • ‘Married four times he was convinced that his son, a manager of a Philadelphia restaurant, was the last of the Plantagenets and the rightful King of England.’
    • ‘The first half of the play did not unravel or rise above the complexities of the plotting and infighting of the Plantagenets.’


From Latin planta genista sprig of broom said to be worn as a crest by and given as a nickname to Geoffrey, count of Anjou, the father of Henry II.