Eleanor of Aquitaine Duchess of Aquitaine  24,25
- Born: 1122
- Marriage (1): Louis VII the Younger Capet King of France  on 22 Jul 1137 in Bordeaux Cathedral, Bordeaux, France
- Marriage (2): Fitzempress Henry II Curtmantle King of England  [9H8V-L97] on 18 May 1152 in Bordeaux Cathedral, Bordeaux, France
- Died: 31 Mar 1204, 1 Fontevraud Abbey, Maine-Et-Loire, France at age 82
- Buried: Fontevraud Abbey, Maine-Et-Loire, France
FamilySearch ID: 9CMK-Z62.
Eleanor of Aquitaine, arguably the most powerful woman in Europe of her generation.
Eleanor of Aquitaine, who would become Duchess of Aquitaine (in her own right) as well as queen of both France and England. Eleanor was arguably the most celebrated woman in Medieval European history.
(w. of Louis VII Capet, King of France)
Acceded: 19 DEC 1154, Westminster Abbey, London, England
Other sources say she died 26 Jun 1202 and she was born Chateau de Belin.
Burke thinks she died 1162.
Countess of Saintonge, Angoumois, Limousin, Auvergne, Bordeaux, Agen.
Eleanor of Aquitane was born in 1122 in Château Belin, Gironde, France . She was the daughter of William X, Duke of Aquitaine and Aenor Aimery . She married Louis VII , (The Younger) King of France on 25 July 1137 in Bordeaux, Aquitaine, France . She married Henry II Plantagenet, King Of England, son of Geoffrey V Plantagenet Comte d'Anjou et Maine and Matilda of Normandy , on 18 May 1152 in Poitiers, Poitou, France . She died on 31 March 1204 in Fontevraud-L'Abbaye, Anjou, France .
The eldest daughter and heir of the Dukes of Aquitaine, she was born about 1122. She was brought up by her grandfather, the renowned troubadour Guillaume IX. Her name appears on a charter for the first time in 1129, when she was seven. She, her parents and her brother witnessed the parchment, and she signed her initials in ink. The ancestral palace at Poitiers is now the Palace of Justice and some of the changes Eleanor made can still be seen there.
In 1137 she inherited the Duchy of Aquitaine, became the Duchess of Aquitaine, and married the French King, Louis VII. Two daughters were born from this marriage. Eleanor accompanied her husband on crusade and was rumoured to have had an affair with Saladin and others. On their return to France, Louis VII had their marriage annulled on 18 March 1152 on grounds of consanguinity.
Eleanor, then about 30 years old, wasted no time in seducing the nineteen-year-old Henry, Duke of Normandy, marrying him on 18 May 1152 in Bordeaux. When Eleanor married Henry, she brought with her 42 gowns, 14 pairs of shoes, 5 mantles, and 10 undershirts. Over a period of fifteen years, five sons and three daughters were born. Eleanor and Henry then grew apart and, when their children had grown up, she supported first one son and then another against Henry. In 1189 Henry died and Eleanor lived long enough to outlive her son, Richard the Lionheart, and see her favourite son, John, become king before she herself died in 1204 at about eighty-two years of age, to be buried at Fontevrault. Eleanor of Aquitane was also known as Eleanor de Poitiers. The marriage of Eleanor of Aquitane and Louis VII , (The Younger) King of France was annulled on 18 March 1152; annuled by Louis VII on grounds of consanguinity.
Children of Eleanor of Aquitane and Louis VII , (The Younger) King of France :
Mary of Champagne b. 1145, d. 1198
Alice Capet b. 1150, d. c 1197
Children of Eleanor of Aquitane and Henry II Plantagenet, King Of England:
William of England Plantagenet b. 20 Aug 1153, d. c Apr 1156
Henry "The Young King" Plantagenet Duke of Normandy, Count of Anjour b. 28 Feb 1155, d. 11 Jun 1183
Matilda of England Plantagenet b. 1156, d. 28 Jun 1189
Richard I Plantagenet, King of England b. 8 Sep 1157, d. 6 Apr 1199
Geoffrey, Duc de Bretagne Plantagenet b. 23 Sep 1158, d. 19 Aug 1186
Eleanor Plantagenet, Eleanor of England b. 13 Oct 1162, d. 31 Oct 1214
Joanna Plantagenet b. Oct 1165, d. 4 Sep 1199
John I Plantagenet, King of England+ b. 24 Dec 1166, d. 19 Oct 1216
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"Burke's Guide to the Royal Family," London, 1973, Ref. 194.
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Noted events in her life were:
• Acceded, 19 Dec 1154, Westminster Abbey, London, England.
Eleanor married Louis VII the Younger Capet King of France  [MRIN: 1116], son of Louis VI The Fat of France Capet King of France  and Adelaide of Savoy de Maurienne , on 22 Jul 1137 in Bordeaux Cathedral, Bordeaux, France. (Louis VII the Younger Capet King of France  was born about 1121 in Fontainebleu, France, died on 18 Sep 1180 in Paris, France and was buried in Abbey Barbeaux, Melun, France.)
Noted events in their marriage were:
• Marriage Fact, 1152.
Eleanor next married Fitzempress Henry II Curtmantle King of England  [9H8V-L97] [MRIN: 428], son of Geoffrey V the Fair Plantagenet Count of Anjou and Maine  [9CWR-L35] and Matilda the Empress of Normandy Queen of England  [LZ3N-YZK], on 18 May 1152 in Bordeaux Cathedral, Bordeaux, France. (Fitzempress Henry II Curtmantle King of England  [9H8V-L97] was born on 25 Mar 1133 in Le Mans, Anjou, died on 6 Jul 1189 in Chinon Castle, France and was buried in Fontevraud Abbey, France.)