A Taste of the Feast: Reconsidering Eleanor of Aquitaine’s Female Descendants
Jacqueline Murray’s lovely video introduction to a study of medieval women describes the subject of this volume as “the remarkable Eleanor of Aquitaine, wife of two kings and mother of two kings, and a powerful ruler in her own right.”1 But Eleanor was also the mother of two queens and grandmother of many more. Through her daughters and their female descendants, Eleanor had lasting influence—cultural and political as well as genetic—over a wider Europe than the empire built by her second husband, Henry II of England, and lost by their youngest son, King John.
KeywordsThirteenth Century Religious Woman Annual Rent Male Heir Secular Woman
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