ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE

ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE

ELEANOR THEMES

STYLE

In the fabulous book, ‘Fashion’ by Dorling Kindersley, Eleanor of Aquitaine has her own section. To the shock of her world, Eleanor introduced the form-fitting bliaut, elaborate sleeves with ribbons, and patterned silks from Outremer made later in Sicily. Hair was never cut, and often plaited (braided) into crowns and shapes. She introduced rouge and makeup.

Bliaut

Damansk Silk

Patterns

Sleeves

Make-up

Love Songs

Book of Love

The Code

Roman de Troie

LOVE

Eleanor introduced the innovations of romantic verse, and manners into her companion courts. Writing love letters, giving flowers and gifts, seating women, wearing stylish clothes rather than animal hides were part of her new style. The world’s longest poem, Romance of Troy, was dedicated to her.

Trade brought spices. Eleanor developed wine for trade and wrote the first maritime laws, the treaties of Oleron governed its shipment. She introduced lighter furniture and chose a style for building called Romanesque, a more human-scale plan for living. The style featured templed domes, and high ceiling vaults that were not as drastic as the emerging Gothic style.

Roman Ovens

Spices

Capet Chairs

Romanesque 

COOKING, FURNITURE, ARCHITECTURE

FONTEVRAULT

Eleanor’s family contested the election of Popes. Rather than donate to the newly established Catholic religion, they invented their own church at Fontevrault, just as Abelard made the Paraclete for Heloise. Those two religious houses communicated with one another. Fontevrault Abbey had three other chapels, a grand refectory, school, and a reputable medical infirmary. 

Origins 

Dual Gender

School

Infirmary

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