Craig A. Billingsley wrote at 2014-11-06 18:15:57
The name Plantagenet came from the Latin "planta genista" meaning sprig of broom which became one of the royal emblems beginning with King Henry II adopted from his father, Geoffrey, count of Anjou. Geoffrey would wear a sprig of broom in his cap during hunting, so his family and friends of the court would call him "Plantagenet" and this sobriquet subsequently became the surname of his descendants and title of the royal house of England.  Source:  British Kings & Queens: Complete Biographical Encyclopedia of the Kings & Queens of Great Britain. 1998 by Mike Ashley from Barnes & Noble arranged by Carroll & Graf Publishers, p. 518


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I specialize in facts about the British royal family, dating back to Queen Victoria. I am particularly knowledgeable on Diana, Princess of Wales. I cannot answer questions about other areas.


I have been a fan of the British royal family since childhood, and have studied its history through the years.

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