American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Family name of a line of English kings from Henry II to Richard III (1154-1485).
- n. the family name of a line of English kings that reigned from 1154 to 1485
- Originally a sobriquet of Geoffrey of Anjou (1113-1151), the founder of the line, subsequently adopted as a surname. (Wiktionary)
“From this he adopted the name Plantagenet, and the kings who descended from him and ruled England for more than three hundred years are called the Plantagenets.”
“No one beholding the proud bearing of the new monarch would have supposed that his family emblem, the lowly broom-plant (_Planta genista_), from which came the name Plantagenet, had been adopted by an ancestor of Richard's in token of humility.”
“The former I called the Plantagenet, and ascended it through La Salle,”
“I called the Plantagenet, and ascended it through La Salle, Marquette, and Assawa Lakes to a small creek at the foot of the Hauteur des Terres.”
“[Footnote: The name Plantagenet came from the peculiar badge, a sprig of broom-plant (_plante de genet_), adopted by one of the early members of the House.”
“HENRY II., as you know, got his name Plantagenet from his father, Geoffrey of Anjou, who used to wear a piece of planta genista in his helmet.”
“Edith was understood to be an orphan; and though she was called Plantagenet, and the Fair Maid of Anjou, and admitted by Richard to certain privileges only granted to the royal family, and held her place in the circle accordingly, yet few knew; and none acquainted with the Court of England ventured to ask, in what exact degree of relationship she stood to Cur de Lion.”
“The Talisman" lately, and the Plantagenet was her ideal of manly excellence.”
“It was said, a few years ago, that a Plantagenet was a butcher in a suburb of London.”
“Geoffrey of Anjou, his appearance and character; married to Empress Maude; origin of his surname Plantagenet; death.”
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