At age 13 in 1137, an orphaned girl became the Queen of France –later she would come to be the Queen of England. She did not know she could change the world. Few caught in her charms could ever guess – her enemies would never believe – that she and her kin court would travel the world, and in time, transform humankind in a fundamental way.
That Eleanor of Aquitaine became disillusioned leading troops in the 2nd Crusade for religious ends, found value in creating the courts of love, inspired troubadours, wrote the first maritime laws to develop her trade in spice and fashions with the rest of the world, placed her progeny in every throne in Europe to Jerusalem by the end of her life was not nearly as important as why she did these things. Find out about the greatest queen you never knew.