Cathedral at Le Mans - the birthplace of Henry II (Plantagenet). Le Mans is linked with Canterbury as Henry II's church reforms resulted in the death of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury.
Eleanor of Aquitaine inherited her father's lands in 1137, and married Louis VII of France that same year. Their marriage was annulled in 1152. She then married Henry II of England, bearing him eight children including sons Richard (the Lion-Hearted) and John who would both become king. Eleanor promoted courtly culture, including troubadour songs, and was a savvy military adviser to her sons.
Eleanor of Aquitaine Biography - Facts, Birthday, Life Story
Sir William Marshal, First Earl of Pembroke. Temple Church Nave effigy of Sir William Marshall the younger.
My theme, for them. Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (Proms 2012)
The Abbey of Santa María la Real de Las Huelgas is a monastery of Cistercian nuns near the city of Burgos in Spain. Weddings of royal families at Las Huelgas, both foreign and Spanish, including that of Edward I of England to Eleanor of Castile in 1254. Founded in 1187 by Alfonso VIII of Castile, at the behest of his wife, Eleanor of England. Alfonso and Eleanor my 26th Great Grandfather and Grandmother, and Edward my 22nd Great Grandfather (Grandmother Margaret of France)
The resting place of Eleanor of England, "Leonore", Queen of Castille - The Abbey of Santa María la Real de Las Huelgas is a monastery of Cistercian nuns near the city of Burgos in Spain. Founded in 1187 by Alfonso VIII of Castile, at the behest of his wife, Eleanor of England.
Tomb of Eleanor of England, Queen of Castille, daughter of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine: Cistercian Nunnery of Santa Maria la Real de Huelgas, Burgos
June 15, 1215, the date King John probably signed the Magna Carta at Runneymeade Royal_ms_20_a_ii_f008v