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Biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine

When thinking of one woman who was very involved with politics, and cared about more than just herself who comes to mind? Eleanor of Aquitaine is correct. Eleanor of Aquitaine definitely made the best from of her life. She had a few rough roads, but she managed to make it through. Just because the going got rough didn’t mean she gave up. Being the most powerful woman of the 12th century was something to be proud of (Pernound). Eleanor didn’t have much of a family growing up. The beginning of Eleanor’s life wasn’t similar to those of her time period. Eleanor was born in southern France in 1122 (“Eleanor”). She was the daughter of William X, Duke of Aquitaine, and Aneor of Chatellerault (eHistory). Eleanor had two siblings. Her sister’s name was Petronilla and, her brother’s name was William Aigret (Wills). Eleanor was the oldest child (Wills). Her brother was 4 when died. Shortly after the death of William, Eleanor’s mother also died. (Wills). Eleanor’s father played an important role in her life. He made sure that she had the best education that was available in their location. Girls were not supposed to know how to read, or understand Latin, but her father insisted on her knowing both (“Eleanor”). When Eleanor was fifteen, her father died of a chronic illness (Wills). At this time, she inherited her father’s title and lands (“Eleanor”). Eleanor was now duchess of Aquitaine (Lewis). A few months later, Eleanor discovered love. Every duchess loves a guy who’s born into royalty. A few months after the death of Eleanor’s father, she married Louis VII in 1137 (“Eleanor”). Louis’ father, the king of France, fell ill and died (“Eleanor”). On Christmas day, Louis and Eleanor were crowned king and queen of France (“Eleanor”). They r... ... middle of paper ... ...ved it to the fullest. Her caring personality was something that every queen envied. Eleanor of Aquitaine was an important, influential role model, figure in history, and she still continues to be one today. Works Cited “Eleanor of Aquitaine.” BBC History. BBC, 2014. Web. 30 Apr 2014. “Eleanor of Aquitaine.” History.com. A&E Television Networks, 2014. Web. 29 Apr 2014. “Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen.” eHistory. OSU Department of History, 2014. Web. 30 Apr 2014. Lewis, Jone. “Eleanor of Aquitaine.” About.com Women’s History. About.com, 2014. Web. 30 Apr 2014. Lindenmuth, Paul. “Eleanor of Aquitaine.” Women’s History Site. MMV Prof, 9 Feb 2007. Web. 30 Apr 2014. Pernound, Regine. “Eleanor of Aquitaine.” Encyclopedia Britannica. Encyclopedia Britannica Inc., 8 Jan 2014. Web. 30 Apr 2014. Wills, Jason. “Alienor of Aquitaine.” Geni. Genealogy, 2014. Web. 2 May 2014.

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