Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122-1204)

Lives Our Ancestors Left Behind

Relation to me: 23rd Great Grandmother

Eleanor had been one of the wealthiest and most powerful women in Western Europe during the Middle Ages. She was a member of the Ramnulfid Dynasty in Southwestern France and had inherited the Duchy of Aquitaine from her father in 1137. Eleanor would later become the queen consort of France and England. She was also the leader of the Second Crusade and of many armies throughout her life.

As the Duchess of Aquitaine, Eleanor was the most eligible bride in Europe in her time. Just three months after she had become the Duchess, she had married

King Louis VII of France

King Louis VII of France, who was the son of her guardian King Louis VI. As the Queen of France, Eleanor had participated in the very unsuccessful Second Crusade. Not long after, she would seek for an annulment of her marriage from…

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