A Brief History of Eleanor of Aquitaine

A Brief History of Eleanor of Aquitaine

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Eleanor of Aquitaine was the one of the most influential and powerful women of her time and lived a relatively modern life compared to Middle Ages standards.

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  • Eleanor of Aquitaine, one of the most influential women of her time and lived a very modern life for the Middle Ages. She was born in 1122 to one of the richest an most royal families of her time. As the eldest daughter of the Duke of Aquitaine, Eleanor was brought up in one of the most cultured courts in the world.
  • By the time she was 15, Eleanor's parents and only brother were all dead. She inherited the rich providence of Aquitaine, making her the most eligible heiress of her time.
  • That same year, Eleanor married Prince Louis VI, heir of France. The couple had two daughters, but it was the onslaught of the Second Crusade where Eleanor really shined.
  • During the Second Crusade, Eleanor of Aquitaine did the unthinking able for a woman of her time. She traveled across Europe and the Middle East with her husband, King Louis VI. She became known as a warrior Queen who may have fought along side her husband's men. When the marriage deteriorated due to Eleanor's inability to produce a male heir, Eleanor divorced her French husband.
  • Still the richest woman of her time, Eleanor took her providence and married Kind Henry of England. Together they had five sons and two daughters. For a while, the royal family lived in peace, until the question of succession came up. Still in control of her own land and money, unheard of for a woman in her time, Eleanor backed her two of sons bid for the throne. When the revolt failed, King Henry imprisoned her.
  • Eleanor was extremely educated and spent many years before and after the revolt in her husband's government. After King Henry's death, Eleanor acted as regent while her son was off fighting in the third crusade. Eleanor of Aquitaine lived a long, exciting life and is remembered as one of the first Queens of England to have a viable stake in the future of the country.
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