Eleanore de Aquitaine, Queen of England

Eleanore de Aquitaine, Queen of England

Female 1123 - 1204  (~ 81 years)

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  • Name Eleanore de Aquitaine 
    Suffix Queen of England 
    Born 0___ 1123  Chateau de Belin, Bordeaux, Aquitaine, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Also Known As Duchess of Aquitaine  [3
    Also Known As Queen Consort of the Franks  [3
    Died 31 Mar 1204  Poitiers, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried 1 Apr 1204  Fontevraud Abbey, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4, 5
    • The abbey was originally the site of the graves of King Henry II of England, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, their son King Richard I of England, their daughter Joan, their grandson Raymond VII of Toulouse, and Isabella of Angoulćeme, wife of Henry and Eleanor's son King John. However, there is no remaining corporal presence of Henry, Eleanor, Richard, or the others on the site. Their remains were possibly destroyed during the French Revolution.

      Click on this link to view images of Fontevraud Abbey ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fontevraud_Abbey
    Person ID I37228  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 16 Jun 2014 

    Family Henry II, King of England,   b. 5 Mar 1133, Le Mans, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 1189, Chinon Castle, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Married 18 May 1152  Bordeaux, Aquitaine, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 6
    • thier marriage turned sour after Henry's affair with Rosamund Clifford...
    Residence (Family) England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Richard Plantagenet, I, King of England,   b. 8 Sep 1157, Beaumont Palace, Oxford, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1199, Limousin, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)
     2. Eleanor of England, Queen of Castile,   b. 13 Oct 1162, Domfront Castle, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Oct 1214, Burgos, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
     3. John I, King of England,   b. 24 Dec 1166, Beaumont Palace, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1216, Newark Castle, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
    Last Modified 23 Mar 2017 
    Family ID F13745  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 0___ 1123 - Chateau de Belin, Bordeaux, Aquitaine, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 18 May 1152 - Bordeaux, Aquitaine, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 31 Mar 1204 - Poitiers, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 1 Apr 1204 - Fontevraud Abbey, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - - England Link to Google Earth
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    Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122-1204) Consort of King Henry II
    Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122-1204) Consort of King Henry II
    Eleanor's effigy at Fontevraud Abbey

    was one of the wealthiest and most powerful women in western Europe during the High Middle Ages, a member of the Ramnufid dynasty of rulers in southwestern France. She became Duchess of Aquitaine in her own right while she was still a child, then later queen consort of France (1137-1152) and England (1154-1189). She was the patron of literary figures such as Wace, Benoit de Sainte-Maure, and Bernart de Ventadorn.

  • Notes 
    • Eleanor of Aquitaine (French: Aliāenor, āElāeonore, Latin: Alienora; 1122 – 1 April 1204) was one of the wealthiest and most powerful women in western Europe during the High Middle Ages and a member of the Ramnulfid dynasty of rulers in southwestern France. She inherited the Duchy of Aquitaine from her father, William X, in 1137, and later became queen consort of France (1137–1152) and of England (1154–1189). She was the patron of literary figures such as Wace, Benoćit de Sainte-Maure, and Bernart de Ventadorn. She was a leader of the Second Crusade and of armies several times in her life.

      As Duchess of Aquitaine, Eleanor was the most eligible bride in Europe. Three months after she became duchess, she married King Louis VII of France, son of her guardian, King Louis VI. As Queen of France, she participated in the unsuccessful Second Crusade. Soon after, Eleanor sought an annulment of her marriage,[1] but her request was rejected by Pope Eugene III.[2] However, after the birth of her second daughter Alix, Louis agreed to an annulment given that their union had not produced a son after fifteen years of marriage.[3] The marriage was annulled on 11 March 1152 on the grounds of consanguinity within the fourth degree. Their daughters were declared legitimate and custody was awarded to Louis, while Eleanor's lands were restored to her.

      As soon as the annulment was granted, Eleanor became engaged to Henry, Duke of Normandy and Count of Anjou, who became King Henry II of England in 1154. Henry was her third cousin (cousin of the third degree), and eleven years younger. The couple married on 18 May 1152 (Whit Sunday), eight weeks after the annulment of Eleanor's first marriage, in a cathedral in Poitiers, France. Over the next thirteen years, she bore Henry eight children: five sons, three of whom would become kings; and three daughters. However, Henry and Eleanor eventually became estranged. Henry imprisoned her in 1173 for supporting her son Henry's revolt against her husband. She was not released until 6 July 1189, when Henry died and their son ascended the English throne as Richard I.

      Now queen dowager, Eleanor acted as regent while Richard went on the Third Crusade, where on his return he was captured and held prisoner. Eleanor lived well into the reign of her youngest son, John. By the time of her death, she had outlived all her children except for John and Eleanor.

      Film, radio and television

      Eleanor has featured in a number of screen versions of the Ivanhoe and Robin Hood stories. She has been played by Martita Hunt in The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952), Jill Esmond in the British TV adventure series The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955–1960), Phyllis Neilson-Terry in the British TV adventure series Ivanhoe (1958), Yvonne Mitchell in the BBC TV drama series The Legend of Robin Hood (1975), Sićan Phillips in the TV series Ivanhoe (1997), and Tusse Silberg in the TV series The New Adventures of Robin Hood (1997). She was portrayed by Lynda Bellingham in the BBC series Robin Hood. Most recently, she was portrayed by Eileen Atkins in Robin Hood (2010).

      In the 1964 film, "Becket" (1964), Eleanor is briefly played by Pamela Brown to Peter O'Toole's first performance as a young Henry II.

      In the 1968 film, The Lion in Winter, Eleanor is played by Katharine Hepburn, while Henry is again portrayed by O'Toole. The film is about the difficult relationship between them and the struggle of their three sons Richard, Geoffrey, and John for their father's favour and the succession. A 2003 TV film, The Lion in Winter (2003 film), starred Glenn Close as Eleanor and Patrick Stewart as Henry.

      She was portrayed by Mary Clare in the silent film, Becket (1923), by Prudence Hyman in Richard the Lionheart (1962), and twice by Jane Lapotaire; in the BBC TV drama series, The Devil's Crown (1978), and again in Mike Walker's BBC Radio 4 series, Plantagenet (2010). In the 2010 film, Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe, Eleanor is played by Eileen Atkins. In the 2014 film, Richard the Lionheart: Rebellion, Eleanor is played by Debbie Rochon.

      More on Queen Eleanor ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleanor_of_Aquitaine [4]
    • Click this link to view an image collage of Mirabell Castle ... http://bit.ly/1p8kovL [7]
    • Click on this link to view images of Fontevraud Abbey ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fontevraud_Abbey
    • Henry II held his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine , prisoner at Old Sarum. In the 1190s, the plain between Old Sarum and Wilton was one of five specially designated by Richard I for the holding of English tournaments

      Old Sarum is the site of the earliest settlement of Salisbury in England. Located on a hill about 2 miles (3 km) north of modern Salisbury near the A345 road , the settlement appears in some of the earliest records in the country.

  • Sources 
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    2. [S7880] "Eleanor of Aquitaine (1124-1204) biography,.

    3. [S9983] "Eleanor of Aquitaine (1124-1204) biography, accessed & downloaded Friday, November 17th, 2016 by David A. Hennessee, ht.

    4. [S1225] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleanor_of_Aquitaine.

    5. [S1226] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fontevraud_Abbey.

    6. [S4479] http://www.ourfamilyhistories.org/getperson.php?personID=I3425&tree=00.

    7. [S1223] http://bit.ly/1p8kovL.