Henry II

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On the death of William the Conqueror in 1087, although ultimate control of Normandy and Britain remained with the Duke of Normandy the king's possessions were divided between his sons, William II of England and Robert Duke of Normandy. After they both died without heirs their younger brother, Henry II assumed control of Normandy and England, and this eventually passed to his son, King Richard, and to his brother John, before the majority of their French possessions were lost in 1204 and Normandy and Britain split for ever. At this point the Channel Islands sided with England and have remained Crown Dependencies ever since.

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