Hung Be the Heavens with Black: The Lords and Ladies of the British Isles, 1180

Great Britain and Western France are controlled by the dynamic Henry II, founder of the Angevin Empire. His realm spans from Ireland in the West to Auvergne in the East and from Scone in the North to Toulouse in the South. An energetic and captivating leader, Henry brought much needed legal and economic reforms that have made his realm the wealthiest and most powerful in Europe. The empire is administered by Henry’s court, a combination of clergy, lords, and bureaucrats, held together by Henry’s will and tact. Despite being a sworn vassal of France, Henry is constantly at arms with the kings of France and balanced paying nominal homage to them with humbling them. Henry was the second husband of Eleanor of Aquitaine, fathered Richard the Lionhearted, Prince John, Henry the Younger, and Geoffrey of Anjou, three of whom would become kings of the empire.

While Henry’s reign was a time of general stability, the Great Revolt set nearly the entire empire, as well as every neighboring kingdom, against Henry after he refused to resolve the issue of succession. Conflicts with the Papacy also plagued Henry as he strove to use ecclesiastical posts to reward loyal administrators. This conflict came to a head when the Archbishop of Canterbury--England’s leading clergyman--was killed in his home, supposedly at Henry’s behest.

Now the rulers of the realm must handle the issues that have arisen during Henry’s historic rule. They must leverage their strengths within his court and come to an agreement on inheritance, foreign threats, law, and internal disputes, or else risk the collapse of the wealthiest empire in Europe.

Thomas Noriega


Thomas Noriega is a 4th-year majoring in History with a minor in Philosophy. You are welcome to ask him about his thesis, but he will not stop talking about it once he gets going. When he isn’t writing about 18th century translations of Platonic dialogues, he works as an RA in Campus North, a dorm that looks like a cross between a futuristic hospital and a plastic cheese grater. He is an editor for the Chicago Journal of History; a board member of UChicago’s Shakespeare troupe, the Dean’s Men; and a staff writer for the Chicago Shady Dealer, UChicago’s only intentionally funny humor publication. In his spare time, Thomas likes to play tabletop games, paint miniatures for tabletop games, and read science fiction, some of which is based upon said tabletop games. For Thomas’ fourth and final ChoMUN, he’s excited to step into the role of Chair after Crisis Directing for two subsequent years. If you have any questions about the committee, please email him at

Callaway Rogers

Crisis Director

Callaway Rogers is a third-year double majoring in Political Science and Economics. Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, he still isn’t quite sure how he’s survived two Chicago winters. He spends most of his free time planning the ways he’ll actually be productive in the future. His greatest accomplishments in life include learning how to make fried pies, passing a quarter of honors physics, and reading the entirety of Infinite Jest in under two years. He chaired the Cabinet of President Bealunde at Chomun XXII, and is excited to move into the backroom and work with his excellent co-execs Matthew and Thomas. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to him at

Matthew HecK

Crisis Director

Matthew is a second year at the University of Chicago studying math. He did MUN throughout high school and into college, currently competing on UChicago's travel team and running committees for ChoMUN. Last year at ChoMUN, he was on the Court of Alexander the Great as an Assistant Chair. Outside of MUN, he enjoys drawing, history, and languages, speaking both Spanish and Portuguese. He used to love Doctor Who, Star Wars, and Game of Thrones, but now his guilty pleasure is the Bachelor/Bachelorette. As a bit of a history nerd, he is very excited to be running this committee this year and looks forward to what each delegate will bring to committee. Please direct any questions to

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Katie Delong, Under-Secretary-General