Eleanor of Aquitaine facts for kids
|Eleanor of Aquitaine|
|Queen consort of France
Queen consort of England
|Eleanor with her youngest son, King John|
|Duchess of Aquitaine; Countess of Poitiers|
|Reign||9 April 1137 – 1 April 1204|
|Spouse||Louis VII, King of the Franks
m. 1137; ann. 1152
Henry II Curtmantle, King of the English
m. 1152; wid. 1189
|Marie, Countess of Champagne
Alix, Countess of Blois
William IX, Count of Poitiers
Henry the Young King
Matilda, Duchess of Saxony
Richard I the Lionheart, King of the English
Geoffrey II, Duke of Brittany
Leonora, Queen of Castile
Joan, Queen of Sicily
John Lackland, King of England
|House||House of Poitiers|
|Father||William X, Duke of Aquitaine|
|Mother||Aenor de Châtellerault|
Belin Castle, Aquitaine
|Died||1 April 1204
(aged c. 81/82)
Eleanor of Aquitaine (c. 1122 – March 31, 1204) was the daughter of William X of Aquitaine. She had a younger sister called Petronilla of Aquitaine. She brought the province of Aquitaine to England when she married Henry II of England. It stayed under English control for 300 years.
Eleanor inherited land in France at the age of 15. She married Louis VII of France on July 22, 1137, and had two daughters:
The marriage was later annulled, as there were no male children.
Eleanor then married Henry II of England on May 18, 1152, and had eight children, including:
- Guilhem who died at the age of 3.
- Henry the Young King
- Richard I of England
- John I of England
- Matilda of England
- Joan/Joanna of England
- Eleanor of England
Eleanor was greatly known for her work in the Second Crusade, for she inspired many people to join.
Eleanor supported a revolt by her children against their father's rule in 1173. This revolt was unsuccessful, and King Henry II was so furious that he locked her away in a prison. In 1189, after King Henry II died and her son, Richard, came to be the king, Eleanor was freed. Shortly after, Richard died so she supported her son John to take the English throne against the claim of her grandson Arthur of Brittany. In 1202 during the campaign at Mairebeau, she continued to thwart Arthur. Emerging triumphant, Eleanor retired to a monastery. She died there on April 1, 1204.
Images for kids
Katharine Hepburn as Queen Eleanor in The Lion in Winter (1968)
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