Eleanor of Aquitaine between her son-Richard I and 2nd husband Henry II  Tomb effigy at Fontevrault, France

Eleanor of Aquitaine between her son-Richard I and 2nd husband Henry II Tomb effigy at Fontevrault, France

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."

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."

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

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

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.

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 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.

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)

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)

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