Her marriage was annulled by the pope and she married henry in 1152, becoming queen two years later. Evans, lecturer in medieval history at central michigan university. Queen eleanor is estranged from her three sons and husband henry ii. Kate hepburn and glenn close as eleanor of aquitaine youtube. The face of eleanor of aquitaine photoshop reconstruction.
The adventures of robin hood queen eleanor tv episode 1955. Best historicalfiction about eleanor of aquitaine 24 books. Queen eleanor of aquitaine synonyms, queen eleanor of aquitaine pronunciation, queen eleanor of aquitaine translation, english dictionary definition of queen eleanor of aquitaine. Deconstructing the story of eleanor of aquitaine the. Katharine hepburn as eleanor of aquitaine the lion in winter. Furthermore, she lived to see her two sons, richard i and john, serve as the king of england in their respective tenures. As a member of the ramnulfids house of poitiers rulers in southwestern france, she was one of the wealthiest and most powerful women in western europe during the high middle ages. Most novels about this intriguing queen focus upon the relationship between her and henry ii, therefore it was refreshing to read of her life before she married this volatile king. Baldwin ix, count of flander is crowned as the first emperor of the latin emperor on this exact year. For me she is perhaps the greatest american film actress, and this is i.
Nov 11, 2019 the crusader queen eleanor of aquitaine was so impressive that she was compared to the mythical queen of the amazons. With bernadette ofarrell, jill esmond, alexander gauge, archie duncan. Published by ballantine books, a division of random house, inc. A renowned beauty, with a headstrong, spirited personality, she has been compared to cleopatra, the celebrated egyptian queen, elizabeth i of england and many others. Duchess of aquitaine in her own right after the death of her brother in 1, queen of france from 17 1152, queen of england 1154 1189, and mother of both richard and john under who she enjoyed the privileges reserved for a kings wife, eleanor of aquitaine was one of britains most powerful queens. Barely out of childhood and faced with great scandals, fraught relationships, and forbidden love at every turn, eleanor. Nicole kidman to hold court as eleanor of aquitaine telegraph. This letter was composed by peter of blois in 1173 at the request of his patron, rotrou the archbishop of rouen and no doubt at the request of the archbishops patron, king henry ii. Frankwiler two that might be interesting are biographical novels by norah lofts. Eleanors new life is full of riskand unlimited opportunity. The life of eleanor of aquitaine as told by movie scriptwriter mark beaulieu. After her father died when she was 15, she became heiress to the duchy of aquitaine, almost an independent nation in what is now southwest france. You would be grumpy too if you had to endure my family.
The real life queen consort of france, then england and duchess of aquitaine in her own right who was mother to ten children, among them king richard and prince john. With peter otoole, katharine hepburn, anthony hopkins, john castle. See more ideas about eleanor of aquitaine, aquitaine and plantagenet. The splendours of englands 12th century royal court are to be recreated on screen with nicole kidman portraying eleanor of aquitaine, wife of henry ii. Not long after that, in 1152 the marriage between louis vii, king of the franks and eleanor of aquitaine was officially annulled in 1152 after no male heir was produced. Jan 28, 2006 but eleanors own life was both long she lived into her eighties, remarkable for the era and colourful. Alison weirs book on the life of eleanor of aquitaine is a good read. Queen elanor arrives back in england and engages robin and his men to protect her while she travels around the country. Eleanor of aquitaine, queen consort of both louis vii of france 1752 and henry ii of england 11521204 and mother of richard i the lionheart and john of england. Eleanor of aquitaine was, without doubt, one of the most important royal figures in the medieval west. With glenn close, andrew howard, antal konrad, john light.
Eleanor of aquitaine 1122 1 april 1204 was queen consort of france 171152 and england 11541189 and duchess of aquitaine in her own right 171204. Despite this, we have relatively little information in some rather peculiar places. When it was all said and done, she held the titles of duchess of normandy, duchess of aquitaine, countess of anjou, countess of poitou. Descendants of eleanor of aquitaine genealogy wise.
Please practice handwashing and social distancing, and check out our resources for adapting to these times. The medieval and postmedieval image of eleanor of aquitaine, he works to. Custom action figures queen eleanor of aquitaine 2 scale middle ages handmade 54mm collection tin metal miniature figurine statuette roninminiatures 5 out of 5. She also was a person who cared about the education of the people of aquitaine were all mostly educated and smart.
At the age of thirteen, eleanor of aquitaine is forced to leave everything behind, marry a man she doesnt love, and take the throne to reign as queen of france. Eleanor of aquitaine biography childhood, life achievements. Queen eleanor of aquitaine article about queen eleanor of. In the 1964 film becket, eleanor is briefly played by. Eleanor of aquitaine 11241204 is the most famous queen in all the middle ages and one of the most infamous women in history. Jan 11, 2002 the splendours of englands 12th century royal court are to be recreated on screen with nicole kidman portraying eleanor of aquitaine, wife of henry ii. So when most of us picture eleanor of aquitaine, were really thinking of hollywood. Queen eleanor of aquitaine definition of queen eleanor of. Louis vi died exactly a week after his son married eleanor, meaning that she and her new husband got a very quick promotion to queen and king of france. Heiress to vast lands, wife to two kings, and mother to. Louis and eleanor were married in july 17, but had little time to get to know one another before louis father the king fell ill and died.
D king henry iis three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he wont commit to a. The first thirty years alone give ample material for a movie. He was also the heir to the throne of england as settlement of the conflicting claims of his mother empress matilda empress maud, daughter of henry i of england, and her cousin, stephen, who had seized the throne of england at. Eleanor of aquitaine was queen consort to two kings and mother to two more, making her the most powerful woman in 12thcentury europe. Unveiled facts about eleanor of aquitaine, the captive queen. D king henry iis three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he wont commit to a choice. Eleanor of aquitaine was one of the most forceful, independent thinking woman of the middle ages. Sasha, besides a proud taste for scarlet and minivar which is by the same author as from the missedup files of mrs. Duchess of aquitaine in her own right, she would go onto become queenconsort of france and later queen of england. Eleanor was buried in the abby church at fontevrault next to her husband, henry ii. In the history of powerful women of the middle ages, eleanor of aquitaine deserves a rightful place. The crusader queen eleanor of aquitaine was so impressive that she was compared to the mythical queen of the amazons. Apr 05, 2011 i loved this novel based upon the early life of eleanor of aquitaine. Eleanor of aquitaine mother of king richard the lionheart.
The lion in winter is a 1968 americanbritish historical drama film set around the christmas of 1183, about political and personal turmoil among the royal family of henry ii of england, his wife eleanor of aquitaine, their children, and their guests. She later became queen of france, divorced her husband, and then became queen of england a short few months later. The royal couple had 8 children, five sons, and three daughters. Eleanor of aquitaine an historian goes to the movies. Queen eleanor of aquitaine inherited the duchy of aquitaine from her father in 17. She is the queen of england and king richard and prince johns mother. By student laura bright a first look eleanor was a french duchess. The lute player is the story of the wife of richard the lionhearted from the viewpoint of several people including the lute player. As the greatest heiress in europe, she was in turn queen of france and queen of england.
Duchess and heiress of aquitaine and gascogne, countess of poitou. She was the sixth child and second daughter of henry ii, king of england, and eleanor of aquitaine. Queen of france, queen of england, duchess of aquitaine. During this year in the date of march 31,1204 eleanor of aquitaine died by natural age. The lion in winter is a 1968 americanbritish historical drama film set around the christmas of 1183, about political and personal turmoil among the royal family of henry ii of england, his wife eleanor of aquitaine. Eleanor married louis vii of france that same year and in the course of time bore him two daughters. Duchess of aquitaine in her own right, she would go onto become queen consort of france and later queen of england. Having initially been installed in aquitaine as the new duke and duchess, louis vii and eleanor found themselves back on the road, this time heading to paris.
In 1173, henrys sons started a revolt against their father with eleanor siding with her sons. Eleanor daquitaine, queen consort of england 1122 1204. As the duchess of aquitaine, she served as the queen of france 171152 and queen of england 11541189. Louis and eleanor were married in july 17, but had little time to get to know one another. Queen eleanor of aquitaine remained heavily involved in the ruling of king henry iis vast empire in france and england. A life by alison weir, i decided to watch a couple of movies relating to henry ii and eleanor. On this day in history king philip augustus of france, conquers rouen. She brought the province of aquitaine to england when she married henry ii of england. Apr 16, 2019 eleanor of aquitaine was queen consort to two kings and mother to two more, making her the most powerful woman in 12thcentury europe. She had a younger sister called petronilla of aquitaine.
Sep 17, 2015 duchess of aquitaine in her own right after the death of her brother in 1, queen of france from 17 1152, queen of england 1154 1189, and mother of both richard and john under who she enjoyed the privileges reserved for a kings wife, eleanor of aquitaine was one of britains most powerful queens. Katharine hepburn as queen eleanor in the lion in winter. Learn more about eleanor of aquitaine in this article. Everything you know about eleanor of aquitaine is wrong. Jan 18, 2019 eleanor of aquitaine is without a doubt one of historys most influential women. Her status as the duchess of aquitaine, member of the ramnulfids house and marriages meant she was one of the most wealthy and influential women in western europe during the high middle ages. King stephen and queen matilda his mother for control of england when he accepted. A monstrous injurer of heaven and earth, as shakespeare referred to this powerful medieval matriarch, eleanor of aquitaine s reign as england s stormiest and most ambitious queen has never been matched. When her eldest son, king richard prepares to leave for the crusade while her youngest son, prince john is left to govern his kingdom in his absence, queen eleanor is asked by one of king richards loyal knights, the earl of huntingdon, to take. Kate hepburn in the lion in winter, glenn close in the remake of the same, eileen atkins in robin hood. Eleanor wishes for her oldest surviving and favorite son richard to succeed after henry.
Queen eleanor is estranged from her three sons and husband henry ii, who has placed her under house arrest. Eleanor of aquitaine became an amazing queen to aquitaine that she continued all of the things her father created. She traded an unhappy marriage to louis vii for a younger man. In may 1152, eleanor of aquitaine married henry fitzempress.
Queen eleanor of aquitaine in moviesa list of movies. A history of eleanor of aquitaine british heritage. Eleanor of aquitaine simple english wikipedia, the free. Henry was the duke of normandy through his mother, empress matilda, and count of anjou through his father.
King henry ii meets with eleanor of aquitaine at christmastide 1183 to choose one of his sons as his successor. Eleanor was the elder daughter of william, tenth duke of aquitaine. Feb 24, 2015 queen eleanor of aquitaine in moviesa list of movies stay safe and healthy. It is based on the 1966 broadway play of the same name by james goldman the film was directed by anthony harvey, written by james goldman, and. Nevertheless, the second crusade ended in a total fiasco.
Queen eleanor is a character from the story of robin hood and his merrie men. She was perhaps the most powerful woman in 12thcentury europe. But eleanors own life was both long she lived into her eighties, remarkable for the era and colourful. Count of anjou katharine hepburn as eleanor of aquitaine, his estranged queen. I loved this novel based upon the early life of eleanor of aquitaine. Eleanor of aquitaine, duchess in her own right and queen of france at 15.1410 920 1506 1554 1582 39 1288 1355 1080 1522 728 1017 641 502 1281 1507 804 470 748 1418 111 1063 892 712 900 691 885 513 1201 804 386 687 975 754 996 131 211 245 920