Eleanor Of Aquitaine


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Eleanor Of Aquitaine

  1. 1. Eleanor of Aquitaine A Twentieth Century Fox Stuck in the Twelfth
  2. 2. First Marriage to Louis VII <ul><li>Annulled after thirteen years and only two daughters </li></ul><ul><li>In second year, left with 300 ladies of her court to nurse the wounded of the Second Crusade </li></ul><ul><li>Her inherited lands included all of the south of France (Loire River to Pyrenees) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Second Marriage <ul><li>Henry II of England – marries the twenty-year-old now that she’s about thirty-two </li></ul><ul><li>Bears HII eight children over thirteen years </li></ul><ul><li>Do the math: ten children birthed from nineteen to forty-five, and all survive into adulthood and most become kings or queens of Europe! </li></ul><ul><li>300 plus years of progeny upon the throne of England – including Richard and John! </li></ul>
  4. 4. Chivalric Code <ul><li>Eleanor’s Court at her ancestral home in the countryside of France presented opportunities for knights to practice the art of courtly love (or, love from afar) </li></ul><ul><li>It was indeed Eleanor we have to thank for putting this code of gentlemanly behavior in writing </li></ul><ul><li>It was her LAND which gave her the influence and the leisure to advance such a standard for western civilization! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Lived to RIPE, OLD Age <ul><li>Of 82!!! </li></ul>
  6. 6. So, let’s recount Eleanor’s means of influencing and impacting WESTERN CIVILIZATION : <ul><li>Married to King of France </li></ul><ul><li>Married to King of England </li></ul><ul><li>Held ancestral lands in southern France </li></ul><ul><li>TEN children who lived to adulthood, bore the last eight after age thirty! </li></ul><ul><li>Most of her children and grandchildren laid claim to royalty and thrones of Europe – either by birth or by marriage. In England in particular, her progeny sat on the throne for over 300 years </li></ul><ul><li>Lived to age of 82 </li></ul><ul><li>Wrote code of CHIVALRY for knights, which became the normally expected measure of gentlemanly behavior for western civilization </li></ul>