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Eleanor of Aquitaine, Duchess of Aquitaine

Eleanor of Aquitaine, Duchess of Aquitaine

Female 1122 - 1204  (82 years)

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  • Name Eleanor of Aquitaine   [1, 2
    Suffix Duchess of Aquitaine 
    Born 1122 
    Gender Female 
    Acceded 19 Dec 1154  Westminster Abbey, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _FSFTID 9CMK-Z62 
    _FSLINK https://familysearch.org/tree/#view=ancestor&person=9CMK-Z62 
    Died 31 Mar 1204  1 Fontevraud Abbey, Maine-Et-Loire, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Fontevraud Abbey, Maine-Et-Loire, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Eleanor of Aquitaine, arguably the most powerful woman in Europe of her generation.


      Eleanor of Aquitaine, who would become Duchess of Aquitaine (in her own right) as well as queen of both France and England. Eleanor was arguably the most celebrated woman in Medieval European history.


      (w. of Louis VII Capet, King of France)
      Acceded: 19 DEC 1154, Westminster Abbey, London, England

      Other sources say she died 26 Jun 1202 and she was born Chateau de Belin.
      Burke thinks she died 1162.
      Countess of Saintonge, Angoumois, Limousin, Auvergne, Bordeaux, Agen.
      http://www.hull.ac.uk/php/cssbct/cgi-bin/gedlkup.php/n=royal?royal01372

      Eleanor of Aquitane was born in 1122 in Château Belin, Gironde, France . She was the daughter of William X, Duke of Aquitaine and Aenor Aimery . She married Louis VII , (The Younger) King of France on 25 July 1137 in Bordeaux, Aquitaine, France . She married Henry II Plantagenet, King Of England, son of Geoffrey V Plantagenet Comte d'Anjou et Maine and Matilda of Normandy , on 18 May 1152 in Poitiers, Poitou, France . She died on 31 March 1204 in Fontevraud-L'Abbaye, Anjou, France .

      The eldest daughter and heir of the Dukes of Aquitaine, she was born about 1122. She was brought up by her grandfather, the renowned troubadour Guillaume IX. Her name appears on a charter for the first time in 1129, when she was seven. She, her parents and her brother witnessed the parchment, and she signed her initials in ink. The ancestral palace at Poitiers is now the Palace of Justice and some of the changes Eleanor made can still be seen there.

      In 1137 she inherited the Duchy of Aquitaine, became the Duchess of Aquitaine, and married the French King, Louis VII. Two daughters were born from this marriage. Eleanor accompanied her husband on crusade and was rumoured to have had an affair with Saladin and others. On their return to France, Louis VII had their marriage annulled on 18 March 1152 on grounds of consanguinity.

      Eleanor, then about 30 years old, wasted no time in seducing the nineteen-year-old Henry, Duke of Normandy, marrying him on 18 May 1152 in Bordeaux. When Eleanor married Henry, she brought with her 42 gowns, 14 pairs of shoes, 5 mantles, and 10 undershirts. Over a period of fifteen years, five sons and three daughters were born. Eleanor and Henry then grew apart and, when their children had grown up, she supported first one son and then another against Henry. In 1189 Henry died and Eleanor lived long enough to outlive her son, Richard the Lionheart, and see her favourite son, John, become king before she herself died in 1204 at about eighty-two years of age, to be buried at Fontevrault. Eleanor of Aquitane was also known as Eleanor de Poitiers. The marriage of Eleanor of Aquitane and Louis VII , (The Younger) King of France was annulled on 18 March 1152; annuled by Louis VII on grounds of consanguinity.

      Children of Eleanor of Aquitane and Louis VII , (The Younger) King of France :
      Mary of Champagne b. 1145, d. 1198
      Alice Capet b. 1150, d. c 1197
      Children of Eleanor of Aquitane and Henry II Plantagenet, King Of England:
      William of England Plantagenet b. 20 Aug 1153, d. c Apr 1156
      Henry "The Young King" Plantagenet Duke of Normandy, Count of Anjour b. 28 Feb 1155, d. 11 Jun 1183
      Matilda of England Plantagenet b. 1156, d. 28 Jun 1189
      Richard I Plantagenet, King of England b. 8 Sep 1157, d. 6 Apr 1199
      Geoffrey, Duc de Bretagne Plantagenet b. 23 Sep 1158, d. 19 Aug 1186
      Eleanor Plantagenet, Eleanor of England b. 13 Oct 1162, d. 31 Oct 1214
      Joanna Plantagenet b. Oct 1165, d. 4 Sep 1199
      John I Plantagenet, King of England«b»+«/b» b. 24 Dec 1166, d. 19 Oct 1216
      «b»Citations«/b»
      RoyaList Online, A Royal Genealogy Database, <http://www.royalist.info>, Eleanor of Aquitane.
      RoyaList Online, A Royal Genealogy Database, <http://www.royalist.info>.
      RoyaList Online, A Royal Genealogy Database, <http://www.royalist.info>, Eleanor of Aquitaine.
      "«i»Burke's Guide to the Royal Family«/i»," London, 1973, Ref. 194.
      "«i»Eleanor of Aquitaine: Lord and Lady«/i»," New York, 2002, John Carmi Parsons, Bonnie Wheeler.
      "«i»Genealogisches Handbuch«/i»," des Adels Fürstliche Häuser, Ref: year 1961.
      RoyaList Online, A Royal Genealogy Database, <http://www.royalist.info>, Eleanor of Aquitaine (wife of King Henry II).

      http://kerrysdavis.home.comcast.net/p31.htm#i309
    Person ID I2564  Glenn Cook Family
    Last Modified 26 Jan 2015 

    Father William X The Toulousan of Aquitaine, Duke of Aquitaine,   b. 1099, Toulouse, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1137, Saint Jacques-DE-Compostelle, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Mother Eleanor (Aenor) de Châtellérault de Rochefoucauld,   b. 1103, Châtellérault, Vienne, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1130, Talmont Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years) 
    Married 1121 
    Family ID F1108  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Louis VII the Younger Capet, King of France,   b. Abt 1121, Fontainebleu, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1180, Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years) 
    Married 22 Jul 1137  Bordeaux Cathedral, Bordeaux, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Type: Annulment 
    Marriage Fact 1152 
    _STAT Annulment 
    Children 
     1. Mary (Marie) of France Capet, Countess of Champagne,   b. 1145,   d. 11 Mar 1198  (Age 53 years)
     2. Alisa (Alix) Capet, Countess of Blois,   b. 1150,   d. 1198  (Age 48 years)
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2013 
    Family ID F1116  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Fitzempress Henry II Curtmantle, King of England,   b. 25 Mar 1133, Le Mans, Anjou Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 1189, Chinon Castle, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Married 18 May 1152  Bordeaux Cathedral, Bordeaux, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Plantagenet, Count of Poitiers,   b. 17 Aug 1152,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Henry the Young King Plantagenet, King of England,   b. 28 Feb 1155,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Matilda (Maud) Plantagenet,   b. Jun 1156, Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jun 1189, Brunswick, Niedersachsen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 33 years)
     4. Richard I Plantagenet, Count De Lion, King of England,   b. 8 Sep 1157, Beaumont Palace, Oxford, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1199, Chalus, Limousin, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)
     5. Geoffrey II of Bretagne Plantagenet, Duke of Brittany,   b. 23 Sep 1158,   d. 19 Aug 1186, Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years)
     6. Eleanor Plantagenet, Queen of Castilla,   b. 13 Oct 1162,   d. 31 Oct 1214, Burgos, Castile Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
     7. Joan Plantagenet, Queen of Naples And Sicily,   b. Oct 1165, Angers Castle, Anjou Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Sep 1199, Fontevrault Abbey, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 33 years)
     8. John I Lackland Plantagenet, King of England,   b. 24 Dec 1167, Beaumont Palace, Oxford, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1216, Newark Castle, Newark, Nottinghamshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2013 
    Family ID F428  Group Sheet

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  • Sources 
    1. [S36] Directory of Royal Genealogical Data, Brian Tompsett, Dept of Computer Science, University of Hull, England([email protected]), (This work is Copyright b 1994-2002 Brian C Tompsett).

    2. [S27] http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/.