Mavericks & Legends: Eleanor of Aquitaine


Legend was one of the wealthiest and most powerful women in Europe. During the Middle Ages known for her extraordinary beauty and brilliance. She was a leader who wielded significant influence over everything from art and literature to politics and the perception of women. She was queen of both France and England and built a long legacy through advantageous marriages for her many children. She was a role model for future. Female leaders please welcome. Eleanor of Aquitaine. Eleanor was likely born in the year. Eleven twenty two to William the Tenth Duke of Aquitaine and his wife Elinor was the oldest of the couple's three children medieval aquitaine was a huge fiefdom located in the western central and southern areas of present France to the south of the Laura River. It was renowned for its wealth and influence and for being an enlightened capital of culture and. Learning Eleanor's father a lover of literature and the arts ensure that all of his children received the best cultural and academic educations available. Eleanor was fluent in multiple. Languages learnt math astronomy in history and was adept at sports such as Falconry and chess. When Eleanor was eight her mother and younger brother died seven years later. Eleven thirty seven her father died of dysentery. While on a pilgrimage. On his deathbed Williams last act was to do everything he could to protect. Eleanor and her inheritance of Aquitaine. He ordered his men to rush to the court of King. Louis the six the France to ask for protection for his daughter until a marriage could be arranged he also asks Louis to find an appropriate match. Louis was all too delighted to choose his own son. Louis the seventh were married a few months later. Eleanor and Louis. The seventh a match. She was renowned beauty and intellect well-versed in politics and well traveled. He was incredibly sheltered for an heir to the throne and was generally a quiet man for most of his life. Bluey was not the air and was never trained in the skills necessary to rule. It had been expected that he'd go into the Church so we spent most of his early life in monasteries. That changed when his older brothers suddenly died and Louis was thrust into the spotlight from the start. Their relationship. Louis was submissive. To and reliant upon eleanor when he accepted the task of leading the second crusade. Eleanor made it clear that she was coming along. It's not surprising given Louise Limited leadership skills and existent travel experience that the crusade was not a success. Eleanor is famously. Recorded by medieval historians treating the trip more as a big adventure than a serious endeavor brought more than three hundred ladies in waiting with an accompanying baggage train spanned miles still the same historians. Note that eleanor was a better leader and more respected than her Mika's even though the crusade was a series of misadventures eleanor managed to increase her social capital during the trip while Louis was continually marginalized by the time they reached. Antonio Louis was resentful of his wife. Eleanor asked for an annulment and Louis agreed ending their marriage upon their return to France and eleven fifty two weeks after ending her first marriage. Eleanor married Henry Duke of Normandy and Future King of England. The two ascended to the throne two years later in eleven fifty four it was a tempestuous marriage. Unlike her first husband Henry was not easily controlled by eleanor. The more she tried to control him the more he fought back by having affairs. He also disapproved eleanor surrounding herself with musicians and poets. Still Henry and eleanor did have eight children together. On whom eleanor focused. Most of her attention. She was well aware that she could eventually wield much more power through her children around eleven. Seventy Eleanor left her husband and moved back to her family home in. Potier taking her favorite son Richard and daughter Marie with her in eleven. Seventy three eleanor's oldest son Henry. The young king started a rebellion against his father. King Henry was soon joined by a number of his brothers. The rebellion lasted a year. And a half before it was finally crushed some believe that eleanor who had publicly supported her sons had actually instigated the revolt as a result. King Henry had eleanor imprisoned in eleven. Seventy four. Eleanor STAYED IN CAPTIVITY FOR SIXTEEN YEARS. Until Henry's death in eleven eighty nine. By then Eleanor's oldest son had died so her second oldest Richard the first known to history as Richard. The Lionheart ascended the throne. Eleanor was very close with Richard. Soon after taking the Throne Richard. One off to take part in the third crusade and left. Eleanor in charge. Though she'd been locked away for over a decade it took eleanor no time at all to get back in the swing if things. It wasn't long before she was signing documents and having others address her as eleanor. By the grace of God Queen of England Richard Eventually returned home from the crusade after being kidnapped in Jerusalem and ransomed his mother in eleven ninety nine. Richard was killed in battle while fighting. King Philip of France over territory. He was succeeded by his brother. John upon becoming King John Quickly signed a peace treaty with Philip with peace finally achieved. Eleanor MOVED TO FUND TO ROW. Abbey where she died in twelve o

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