- Glossary definition: Plantagenet Dynasty
Plantagenet Dynasty

The first Angevin dynasty, known from the 12th century as the Plantagenet dynasty, came (with its Lancastrian and Yorkist branches) to rule England (11541485), Normandy (11441204, 13461360 and 14151450), and Gascony and Guyenne (11531453), but lost Anjou itself to the French crown in 1206. The name "Plantagenet" is derived from the broom flower (planta genesta). It originated with Geoffrey of Anjou, father of King Henry II of England, because he adopted the flower as his emblem, often wearing a sprig of it.