The Letters and Charters of Eleanor of Aquitaine
RICHARDSON, H. G.
THE ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW, NO. CCXQ-APRIL (1959)
It may be worth while, if only to remove doubts and misconceptions, to devote some pages to the clerks who served Eleanor of Aquitaine in the capacity of chancellor or, if they did not bear that title, were responsible for the writing and sealing of her charters and letters. Though nothing like a complete collection of Eleanor’s surviving acta exists, a good many have been printed (more or less accurately) here and there and are not unduly difficult of access, sufficient, at all events, with the addition of some in manuscript, to provide a representative sample and to enable us to draw certain conclusions. If incidentally it seems necessary to say something of Eleanor’s own career, this may not be a disadvantage, for she has been less than happy in her biographers.