When Eleanor of Aquitaine married Louis VII of France in 1137, she gave him the rock crystal vase on the left as a wedding present. The inscription on it says he, in turn, gave it to the Abbey of St.-Denis. It is now in the Louvre in Paris and is the only artifact of Eleanor's known to exist today.
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. This lady’s bad-ass. (Painting by Edmund Blair Leighton)
Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122 or 1124 – 1 April 1204) was Queen Consort of France,and also Queen Consort of England. She was one of the most powerful women in Middle Ages. In 1157 she gave birth to her favorite son Richard the Lionheart. She outlived all her children except for King John and Eleanor, Queen of Castile. Eleanor of Aquitaine was renowned for her powerful personality and leading her sons in rebellion against their father, King Henry II.
The Briolette of India is a colorless diamond (90.38 carats), thought to date from the 12th century, when it was first acquired by Eleanor of Aquitaine, then Queen consort of King Louis VII of France (1137-52). This makes the Briolette of India the oldest diamond on record in the world.
<3 Eleanor stamp, 2004. Eleanor of Aquitaine married a King of France, then a King of England, went on a crusade, plotted, was imprisoned in a castle. She was one of the wealthiest and most powerful women in Western Europe during the High Middle Ages. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleanor_of_Aquitaine
Plantagenet (1154-1399): Wimple, Barbette- supposedly introduced by Eleanor of Aquitaine, was a band of linen encircling the face and pinned into place. At first it was only worn by royal ladies with a circlet or coronet (Fig 11) but was eventually adopted by all classes Wimple- appeared by 1190, a length of fine linen or silk draped underneath the chin, across the throat. The ends were pinned at the crown of the head. Crespine
The Eleanor of Aquitaine Vase.' It can now be seen on permanent display in the Louvre, the museum having acquired the piece in 1793 after the French Revolution. The object is known to have belonged to Eleanor of Aquitaine, who, having inherited it from her grandfather, William IX, gave it as a wedding gift to her first husband, Louis VII of France. In his turn, he gave it to Abbot Suger for his foundation of St. Denis, who used it as a communion vessel.