from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Henry III 1 1207-1272. King of England (1216-1272) who succeeded his father, King John. His reign was marred by baronial opposition led by Simon de Montfort, whose representative parliament, called in 1265, is considered England's first full parliament.
  • Henry III 2 1551-1589. King of France (1574-1589) who helped his mother, Catherine de Médicis, plot the Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre (1572). His reign was marked by bitter conflict between Catholics and Huguenots.

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  • n. son of King John and king of England from 1216 to 1272; his incompetence aroused baronial opposition led by Simon de Montfort (1207-1272)
  • n. son of Henry II of France and the last Valois to be king of France (1551-1589)


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