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Eleanor Of Aquitaine

Eleanor of Aquitaine- one of the wealthiest and most powerful women in Western Europe during the High Middle Ages. As well as being Duchess of Aquitaine in her own right, she was queen consort of France (1137–1152) and of England (1154–1189). She was the patroness of such literary figures as Wace, Benoît de Sainte-More, and Chrétien de Troyes. She also went on the Crusades with her husband. Really fascinating woman! #WHM

Fontevraud Abbey - Loire Valley, France. Final resting place of Eleanor of Aquitaine and King Henry II.

  • Chris Fitzgerald

    Female Irish pirate her name is "Granuaile" in Gaelic. She was a contemporary of Elizabeth I. They actually met. Many legends about her but I actually have an Irish text book about her. They recently started teaching about her in public and private schools. Another incredible woman!

  • Janet Joyce

    I can tell we are kindred spirits! The Lion in Winter is one of my all time favorite movies, and I've read Alison Weir's book too! Loved it, of course. If you haven't already read Sharon Kay Penman's trilogy about Henry and Eleanor, you should. I know you'd love it as I did. Now I'm off to look up Grace O'Malley..

  • Chris Fitzgerald

    Thank you so much! How thoughtful! You've probably already read this but just in case, "A Life. Eleanor of Aquitaine" by Alison Weir. Fabulous biography! Also, if you haven't seen "The Lion in Winter" do!!! Peter O'Toole as Henry and Katherine Hepburn as Eleanor. Made in 1968 but so suberbly acted you won't even notice. She facinates me too! Elizabeth the First, Grace O'Malley, Abigail Adams, and her are my heros. Maybe we get to meet in heaven!!!! Thank you again for the link.

  • Janet Joyce

    Since I'm so fascinated by her, here's a short biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine, an amazing woman in any time: http://womenshistory.about....

  • Chris Fitzgerald

    True! Amazing people for their times!

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Mathilda Plantagenet, daughter of Henry II and Eleanore of Aquitaine Birth: 1156 Death: Jun. 28, 1189 Princess of England. Daughter of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Married the 27 years o...

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)

Henry II had Eleanor imprisoned for the next 16 years. In 1189, Henry died and Eleanor of Aquitaine's favorite son, Richard the Lionheart, became king (his older brother Henry had already died). Richard soon went away on the Third Crusade, leaving his mother as regent of England. Eleanor survived Richard and lived long into the reign of her youngest son, King John. Like his brother, King John respected his mother and heeded her advice so that even at the age of 77,

Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine Plantagenet; 27th Great Grandmother

  • Edie Engel

    Julie and Vaness are no further apart than 16th cousins, which means they share very little genetic material with each other or Eleanor. But, given the smaller pool of mates in earlier times, there's a very good chance that there were more intermarriages among the descendants you are related to, making you more closely related. Or you may share the same branch of descent. Hope you are able to find out more.

  • Edie Engel

    It's a great portrait of Eleanor, even if not contemporary-- but you do realize that she's depicted carrying a chalice of poison with which she will murder her husband's mistress, Fair Rosamund? (Probably apocryphal! :))

  • Amber Harris

    Me too! :) Ancester name Richard de Lucy.

  • Jo Fryer

    Indeed we are Bonnie :) I found this group on facebook and joined too It's for Plantagenet Ancestry, thought it could be interesting for you lot too :)

  • Bonnie Davis

    My connection starts in Philadelphia (1600's), goes back to England and Wales, to King John Lackland, and 7 Magna Charta Barons (or more). We all go back to the Normans...the Norsemen. Too numerous to list. They are all connected...we are all connected.

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Eleanor of Aquitaine on the left with a companion, probably Isabella of Angoulême, from a mural in the Chapel of St. Radegund, Chinon

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

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.

  • Jessica Lees

    you can find his songs on youtube and google the translations :) that's pretty neat your related!

  • Kim Thigpen ~ Real Provision

    I want to hear the song. They are my ancestors.

  • Jamie Dunning

    I thought it was her grandfather who was a troubadour, I haven't heard any of them other that they were a bit bold for the time.

  • Jessica Lees

    have you heard her father William of Aquitaine's troubadour song? quite hilarious!

  • Tracey North

    She also went on a crusade to the holy land with her husband.

A close-up of the tomb of Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. She knew how important books are...must run in the family

Eleanor of Aquitaine rock crystal vase. Eleanor gave the vase to her first husband Louis VII of France as a wedding gift. He in turn donated it to the Abbey of Saint-Denis.

King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine of England 25th Great Grandparents

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. Generation 28 on family tree.

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.

♥ 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.

Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122 or 1124 – April 1, 1204) - One of the wealthiest and most powerful women in Western Europe during the High Middle Ages. One tough chick, generally speaking.


Eleanor of Aquitaine (Queen of France and England 1154)

Eleanor of Aquitaine's effigy at Fontrevault. Queen of France and England, she was known for her passion for reading. (note her belt)

Eleanor of Aquitaine (in French: Aliénor d’Aquitaine, Éléonore de Guyenne) (1122 or 1124 – 1 April 1204) was one of the wealthiest and most powerful women in Western Europe during the High Middle Ages. As well as being Duchess of Aquitaine in her own right, she was queen consort of France (1137–1152) and of England (1154–1189).

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.

Eleanor of Aquitaine Ruby Ring | Hedgerow Rose

The Briolette of India, which belonged firstly to Eleanor of Aquitaine, and eventually to Henri II, who gave it to Diane de Poitiers.

The summer queen : a novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine / Elizabeth Chadwick.

Eleanor of Aquitaine between her son-Richard I and 2nd husband Henry II Tomb effigy at Fontevrault, France. Fontevrault Abbey - Fontevrault was the burial place of the Plantagenet dynasty who ruled In England and large parts of France from 1154 to 1485. At one time there were fifteen Plantagenet tombs- only four remain. (Tombs of Henry II, King of England (reigned 1154-89) and His wife Eleanor of Aquitaine)