Eleanor of Aquitaine


Mark Cartwright
published on 15 March 2019
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Effigy of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Fontevraud Abbey, France.
Eleanor of Aquitaine (l. c. 1122-1204) was one of the most powerful political figures – male or female – in the Middle Ages as a whole. She was the wife of Louis VII of France (r. 1137-1180) from 1137 until the marriage's annulment in 1152 when she married Henry II of England (r. 1154-1189). Eleanor took part in the Second Crusade along with her ladies-in-waiting, managed her own estates and finances, and was an important patron of the arts, especially of romantic literature.

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Mark Cartwright
Mark is a full-time writer, researcher, historian, and editor. Special interests include art, architecture, and discovering the ideas that all civilizations share. He holds an MA in Political Philosophy and is the WHE Publishing Director.

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