Elanor of Aquitaine
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The Second Crusade
The 'Court of Love'
A Failed Coup
To regain the favor of the pope, Louis VII embarked on the Second Crusade as one of the first major figures to jump to the support of the churches will. Eleanor accompanied her husband on the crusade in the year 1147. However, the conquest proves unsuccsful, leading to the anulling of the marriage. Eleanor will go on to remarry with Henry, the count of Anjou.
Upon splitting with Henry of Anjou in 1167, Eleanor moves back to her native region of Poiters in France. There she establishes the supposed "Court of Love", a center of social progress where eleanor and her following grew the concepts of chivalry, courtly love, and manners.
The demise of Elanor in European elitist culture is incited by the implication of her in a plot by her sons to overthrow their father, Henry. Two of her sons, Henry and Richard, made a failed attempt to overthrow the king, Henry, but the attempt failed and Eleanor was jailed by the king. After Henry's death in 1189, Eleanor was freed by her son Richard.
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