Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Eleanor of Aquitaine

For those with an interest in this formidable medieval queen, please listen to the podcast I have written for "The History of England" on Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Eleanor was a powerful and influential woman who was not universally admired in her own day.  Her actions threatened the men of her times, notably Bernard of Clairvaux and Abbot Sugar, and both her husbands, Louis and Henry.  She achieved much and lost much in the quest to maintain what she believed was rightfully hers; she defied two kings with her enlightened views; she encouraged her sons to rebel against their father; imprisoned and forgotten, released and revered - a woman not of her times. 

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