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Eleanor Of Aquitaine

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Aquitaine ring How did the Aquitaine sundial get its name? Almost 900 years ago, in 1152, Eleanor of Aquitaine gave a sundial like this one to King Henry II of England so that Henry would know when to return from the hunt for their love trysts. Henry had a copy of the dial made for Eleanor that was inlaid with diamonds and engraved with the words Carpe Diem or "Seize the Day."

Princess Joan of England, Queen of Sicily (1165 - 1199). Daughter of King Henry II and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. She married William II of Sicily and had one son who died young. She remarried Raymond VI of Toulouse and had three children.

Richard I Lionheart of England married Berengaria of Navarre (above), daughter of King Sancho VI of Navarre. Richard's mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, was responsible for arranging this marriage because an alliance with Navarre will provide greater security for the southern border of Aquitaine in France.

Great hall of Poitou built by King Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine

Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122-1204) The most powerful woman of the High Middle Ages. Mother to three Plantagenet Kings: Henry (the Young King), Richard (the Lionheart) and John.

Henry II was notorious for his illicit relations with other men’s wives, and for having several illegitimate children. However, few records containing information about them have survived, and only records about the most infamous mistresses would have been written to start with. Henry II married Eleanor of Aquitaine in 1152, the same year Henry’s first recorded illegitimate son, Geoffrey Plantagenet Archbishop of York was born, details of his mother are unclear but her name is believed to hav...

Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122-1204) was Duchess of Aquitaine and Countess of Poitiers.  By marriage she was Queen of France and later Queen of England.  She had 10 children: 5 boys and 5 girls.

The first woman to ask for divorce and lead an army, Eleanor of Aquitaine lived until she was 82 (pretty good considering most died in their 40s). She got a formal education, which was really rare for women in that era. There are rumours that she poisoned her second husband Henry II’s mistress, the Fair Rosamund. (Painting by Edmund Blair Leighton)

(Rear) Tombs of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. (Front) Tombs of Isabella Taillefer and Richard the Lionheart. Fontevraud Abbey, France.

Courtly Love-Eleanor of Aquitaine is credited with the introduction of 'courtly love' to France and later England. Courtly Love was meant to be platonic, romantic 'courtship', by a man, of a Lady, (not his wife) whose social position was above his own. An unattainable Lover. This romantic play was an accepted part of Court life. Evidence of this sort of play was, sadly, used against Anne Boleyn.

Eleanor Vase - at the Louvre. Her gift to Louis VII on the occasion of their marriage and her only known surviving artifact.

Steps leading up to Tintagel Castle in Cornwall

tintagel castle cornwall from king arthur