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King Henry VI (1421-1471). By age 1, Henry was King of England and France. A weak ruler who suffered incapacitating bouts of insanity, Henry was deposed twice. His power may have become more effective after death: his spirit is credited with several miracles, including raising the dead, dramatically intervening at the last moment to prevent an unjust execution, and curing migraines and the “King’s Evil.” Henry’s ghost even has a cameo in Richard III.