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Eleanor of Aquitaine is the ancestor of the kings of England and therefore of Charles III and Prince William and Prince Harry etc... #CharlesIII

It is from this woman, with a strong character, that descend all the kings of England and therefore the current king: Charles III, his children Princes William and Harry, and his grandchildren as Prince George. A woman of character, a friend of the arts, who turned an immense territory over to the English side because her husband was not in love with her...


The richest heiress of her time

Born around 1122, Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine and Countess of Poitiers was the greatest heiress of her time. She owned a large quarter of today's France. And this enormous territory, she brings it in dowry to her husband, Louis VII king of France. This marriage is the union of opposites that do not attract. Louis VII is austere, dull and bigoted, while Eleanor is beautiful, loves luxury and is quick-witted. Accused of adultery with her uncle, Eleanor, at her wits' end, takes out an unstoppable weapon: the annulment of the marriage since she and the king are cousins and the Church forbids this kind of union. 

bigs territories... Which join the domain of the King of England

France will take several centuries to recover the territories of Eleanor who finally married Henry II king of England and duke of Normandy. Territories that the duchess put in the basket of the Bride. A marriage of love that does not last when the Queen supports the plots of her sons against a father she considers incapable of ruling. She is locked up before being freed at the death of her husband. Admirable for her political sense, she advised her sons before dying at a very old age in Poitiers on April 1, 1204. She rests in the abbey of Fonterevault which she founded. It is to Eleanor, who watered the court of London with her wine from Guyenne, that we owe the passion of the English for Bordeaux and it is also to her that they owe the king who is her distant descendant...

Eleanor of Aquitaine by Frederick Sandys, 1858, National Museum of Cardiff.

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Jérôme Prod'homme

Jérôme Prod'homme

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