Eleanor of Aquitaine

 
 

Metatag: Mark Richard Beaulieu, Expert on Plantagenets, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Elinore, Eleanor, Elinore, Showtime Miniseries, HBO, Hollywood scriptwriter.

 

As the young Queen of France, after a year of recruiting, culminating in an inspirational appeal at Vezelay, the Latin named Helienordis launched war a thousand warrior trains headlong into the Second Crusade. The pilgrim way was an amazing journey. With all of her ability, even drawing sword and shield high in the mountains of Turkey she enjoyed the only victorious French battle of the crusade. Eleanor was unable to overcome her  fatally religious husband who made disastrous mistakes, losing tens of thousands on the way. Barely reaching the shores of the Holy Land, Eleanor appealed to Louis to rebuild his army in Antioch and continue the mission to recapture Edessa. This was the will of Raymond, her uncle, and queen Melisende of Jerusalem. Eleanor made a stand, threatening divorce to continue the Holy mission. Louis  unwisely set fire to Antioch and forced her to Jerusalem. Louis lost again an unadvised assault on Damascus, making the devout 2nd Crusade the worst Holy War ever fought. With a loss of faith in church and king survivors searched for deeper human values, a personal code.

Taking separate ships home, Eleanor survived a treacherous voyage over sea. She arranged that the king divorce her, and remarried her Aquitaine power to Norman-Angevin Henri, one of the last men to retain the French sense of conquest. He retook the English island and she became the Queen of England. After giving twelve births, Eleanor found Henri ahd became a murderous philandering husband. They separated and she raised the children which began her life project, the radical courts of mannered love in her Aquitaine homeland. Troubadours and knights helped raise her children. At the launch of Europe’s finest court, Henri murdered Archbishop Becket with impunity causing a European uprising. The disenfranchised sons fought to restore the throne with the queen’s agreement. Henri seized Eleanor to imprison her for life, and gained full control of her lands, wealth, and unchallenged control of the children.

After sixteen years, King Henri was slain in battle by her loyal son Richard the Lionheart. Outliving her jailor Eleanor emerged as England’s Queen Regent directing the Third Crusade with Richard. She suffered out the century to see the cruelty and avarice of the Fourth Crusade conducted by knights who no longer lived by a code of chivalry. They pillaged Byzantium without completing their vowed pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

By her life’s end, Eleanor of Aquitaine assisted her children in obtaining the thrones of every nation in Europe: France, England, Spain, Italy, and Germany. She lived a rather triumphant ending to a highly turbulent life.               

Who was Eleanor of Aquitaine?

(Aliénor d'Aquitaine 1124*-1204)

* 1124 is the recent consensus of Eleanor scholars about her birth year, replacing the earlier postulation of 1122.

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Denver, June 26-28, 2015. Author Mark R. Beaulieu will speak at the Historical Novel Society Convention and present rare land and ocean maps used by Eleanor of Aquitaine and Louis the 7th that guided 50,000 pilgrims across Europa to Jerusalem and the survivors return home from the 2nd Crusade.

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Eleanor of Aquitaine was one of the wealthiest and most powerful woman in medieval Europe. She was the Queen of France to Louis 7th at age 13, and Queen of England at age 30 having met three years before 18-year old Henri 2nd. She inspired him to conquer England. That is history.

Her story is of a parentless girl who comes to life, self-possessed. She was a controversial leader who challenged traditional definitions of faith, love, justice, and power to grow into a woman who established the Western traditions of courtly manners, chivalry, family empire, and a codified concept of love. She did so by a clever centering within a warriors’s code of honor, a loving, personal respect for women. At the same time she balanced this goal within the church supporting the growing culture of Mary.