Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine was a whole new breed of woman. She married, lavishly loved, ruled two countries and was her own woman, all from a young age. As a queen and mother of many, both biologically and to her people, she set examples of early independence of women by standing out among a world ruled by man. Since birth, her father and grandfather were humungous influences in her everyday life. Her father was William X, Duke of Aquitaine and her grandfather was the infamous William IX, otherwise known as William the Troubadour.
After she was crowned, she was addressed as “Eleanor, by the grace of God, Queen of England.” The occupancy of the throne is what gave her the power to complete her goals, though she most likely would have somehow risen to impose her ideas anyhow. Most of Eleanor’s life was devoted to child- bearing . Her first son by Henry was William . William was born in Normandy, but died at a young age in 1183 . She had eight children after William .
Not only was she a duchess but also a Queen. She was talented at planning events, was known for being supportive of her husband, finding the Abbaye-aux-Dames, and being involved in the creation of the Bayeux Tapestry. Matilda built the Mora, William's main vessel, that was in the Norman Conquest and bore him ten children, one whose fued with his father may have contributed to Matilda's failing state. After her death, her husband plunged into depression and passed away shortly after. Matilda's strong will was admire throughout her time and is still a woman that is admired today.
During her life, Eleanor married two kings, participates in the second Crusade, played an active role in both the French and British governments, and contributed to the rules of courtly love. Eleanor further saw that her daughters were married to men of high power, and helped two of her sons become King of England, thus assuring her place in history as the greatest queen that ever lived. Eleanor encouraged poeple of Aquitaine to get an education, at the time when people did not usaually care if they could read or not. The reason why Eleanor was and still important is because women of her era were not known to play such an important political roles and many queens who also ruled during the medieval time would not have influenced both the French and British courts. In fact, there was not a lot of information about the others queens of England and France.
Elizabeth's mother was Anne Boleyn, who was decapitated after failing to give birth to a son. Henry wanted a son so he wo... ... middle of paper ... ...gland's foreign affairs. She led her army against the Spanish Armada and got England out of a recession and into prosperity and wealth. Her determination, patience, and will made her a great ruler and she will forever be known as one of the greatest woman, not only in English history but world history. Works Cited 1.
Though her name and accomplishments are not universally recognized, they were nevertheless important in shaping Europe into the continent today. She had been born into wealth, and it had never left her side. Eleanor had been married to King Louis VII of France, which was when she had received her first taste of great powers. However, after several years of debilitating problems, the marriage had obviously come to its end. Eleanor had requested an annulment from the church so that she and Louis VII would still remain r...
This paper will prove Queen Elizabeth I was a woman wholly devoted to her country and brought it much prosperity and growth; these qualities made her the most respected leader of the entire history of England. Two years after Elizabeth’s birth her mother was executed by her father accused of being unfaithful, she was then declared illegitimate (Hilliam 10). Although Elizabeth was declared illegitimate by Parliament she was still raised in the royal household (Gale 1). Elizabeth spoke five languages fluently, including Italian, French German, Latin, Greek, and of course English; she was very sharp (Hilliam 10). Elizabeth developed a great relationship with her half brother Edward VI; they became even closer when he became king.
As a child she was taught to sing, memorize plays, paint, play the clavichord, and do most ladylike arts. At nineteen she married Charles-Guillaume Le Normant d'Etoiles. It was an arranged marriage, and did not last for very long, despite the fact that he adored her. She had two children with d'Etoiles, a boy who died in childbirth, and a daughter nicknamed 'fan fan'. She founded her own salon at her husband's estate, and was joined by many renowned intellectuals, such as Voltaire.
Family Maria Theresa and Francis Stephen had sixteen children, only ten of them survived. Maria loved her children very much, even though they were rebellious and often irritated her greatly. After they moved away she still kept in tight correspondence, and gave them wise advise. Her children became famous well-known people such as, the later Emperors Joseph II, Leopold II, and the later queen of France, Marie-Antoinette. Maria’s favorite out of all her many children was Maria Christina, who was the only one allowed to marry for love to Prince Albert of Saxony-Teschen, and was showered with vast gifts of money.
While in her youth she managed to write sixteen of what she called her “Baby Books”, the shortest of which consisted of 50-75 pages of written work. It was at this point that she found her passion for the written word. The members of Margaret’s family were always devoted to the royalist court and even moved from Colchester to Oxford when the civil war threatened England’s doorstep. When the war became too much for the royal court in Oxford they fled even further into France. Margret being very close friends with Queen Henrietta Maria, followed close behind her leaving her family behind her as she too moved to France.