Eleanor of Aquitaine played an indirect role in the formation of medieval and early modern Europe through her resources, wit, and royal connections.
The mere mention of Eleanor of Aquitaine brings to mind an remarkable woman in many respects.
Eleanor of Aquitaine is one of the most well-known English queens of the Middle Ages.
The story of her struggle with her husband, Henry II, at the time of the death of their eldest son, Henry the Young King, in 1183, has been made into a play by James Goldman, called The Lion in Winter, which was produced successfully on Broadway in March, 1966.
A King’s Ransom is the follow up to Lionheart and tells the story of King Richard I’s imprisonment in Germany at the hands of Duke Leopold of Austria and Emperor Heinrich VI and of his battle to win back his Kingdom from his rapacious brother John.
While words are powerful tools that can invoke emotions ranging from jubilation to revulsion, could they be the cause of a rebellion against Henry II of England by his children and wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine? Could the words of a mere troubadour drive the revolt of a family against their king?
Queens Consort: England’s Medieval Queens from Eleanor of Aquitaine to Elizabeth of York Author: Lisa Hilton Publisher: Pegasus (August 3, 2010) Summary England’s medieval…
There never has been another Queen like her.
Agatha’s life, like that of her mistress Eleanor of Aquitaine, is remarkable in an age when women’s innate inferiority and wives’ subordination to their husbands were almost universally accepted, and discussions of women and marriage in learned treatises, sermons, and vernacular stories were ‘at worst misogynistic and at best ambivalent.’
This essay will consider basic questions about queen’s gold and intercession. First it will address the mechanics of the levy and collection of queen’s gold, beginning with fundamentals such as the nature of the levy and who paid. An investigation into the origins of queen’s gold will follow.
The study of the Angevin kings can be seen as effectivelyseparating Henry II and his successors from mere kings of England and can be seen asresponsible for highlighting the continental origins of these kings.
Although her importance in the growth of courtly love literature in France has been sufficiently stated, little attention has been paid to her patronising activities in England.
In courtly works, the resolution is generally in favour of the status quo as a courtly adulterous affair rarely works out, while in the fabliau the marriage is generally left intact, although a deceitful wife may be given carte blanche to philander.
Eleanor lived at the junction of these two phenomena. She was raised on the foundation of a reforming western world that her people, aesthetically speaking, pioneered in many ways. The history of her, fact and fiction, result from that background.
This thesis is the first study of the daughters of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine which considers them in a dynastic context.
What was Marie trying to share with her twelfth century audience when she wrote The Lais?
The queens of twelfth-century England provide a prime example of how the queen was not, in fact, powerless in the rule of her realm, but rather a significant governmental official who had the opportunity to take a complementary part in royal rule that suited her strengths.
The unruly sons of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine: Henry the Young King, Richard I, Geoffrey of Brittany and King John, are fortunately well documented during their father’s lifetime.
Politics, power and prestige : the historiography of medieval English queens, 1821-1998 Forget, Natalie Erica (The University of Guelph) Thesis: M.A. Arts, University…
The Outlandish Lioness: Eleanor of Aquitaine in Literature Tolhurst, Fiona Medieval Feminist Forum, 37, no. 1 (2004) Abstract The image the viewer gets…
Such periodization, splitting the Middle Ages at the eleventh century, right in the middle of a time of considerable change, is distorting to the more general history, but creates an even more distorting periodization in medieval women’s history.
Gerald of Wales and the Angevin Kings Steele, Helen Published Online (2006) Abstract On the 10th of November 1203, Silvester Giraldus Cambrensis attended…
A survey of the literature on Eleanor of Aquitaine reveals that time after time, scholars who accuse their predecessors of ‘exaggeration and anachronistic fantasy …wish-fulfillment and projection’ or ‘gossip’ about the queen cannot avoid the lure of doing the same.