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"The Lion in Winter"

The film "The Lion in Winter" is about a very important family that has to decide who will be the next king of England. Henry II is the king and his wife is Eleanor of Aquitaine. They have three sons that appear in the movie: Richard, Geoffrey, and John. Because the eldest son, Henry had died, the other sons are vying for the throne. Henry II wants John to be king. Eleanor sides with Richard. Another subplot in the movie is that Philip II, King of France, wants his sister's dowry back if she is not married to the next king of England.

As you watch the movie, please answer the following questions.

1. Why was Henry II proud to be "King, alive, and 50 --- all at once!"?

2. Why does Henry II refuse to allow Eleanor out of prison?

3. When Eleanor asks Henry if he ever loved her, he resonded, "No." Do you believe this is true? Explain.

4. How long as Eleanor been imprisoned?

5. What is the richest province in Europe? Who controls it?

6. Who was Rosamund?
7. What reasons does the King of France have to dislike Henry II?
8. What treason did Henry's sons conspire in? With whom did they plot? Why?
9. After the treasons of all his sons, what remedy does Henry come up with?
10. Who in Rome can help Henry annul his marriage?
11. What drawback to this plan do both Eleanor and Alice point out to Henry?

12. Briefly describe the relationships listed below:

a. Richard and Eleanor
b. Henry and John
c. Alice and Richard
d. John and Richard

13. Who do you predict will become king upon Henry's death? Why?
14. Is this family dysfunctional?


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