Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland. Beautiful and brave, Mary Stuart was known for being the Queen of Scotland, France, and was in line for the throne of England and she was also considered the true queen of England. Mary Stuart was born on December 8, 1542, in Lithingow Palace, Scotland. She was the daughter of King James V of Scotland and Mary of Guise. Her father died only six days after Mary was born, so she became Queen of Scotland when she was only six days old (Haws Early Life par 1).
Within a few years Eleanor was married to Henry Plantengent, the Duke of Normandy and ruler of the second most powerful duchy in France (second to her own Aquitane). In 1154 Henry was crowned King of England and Eleanor was now Queen of England, duchess of Aquitane and duchess of Normandy. Eleanor and Henry had eight children together, including Richard the Lionheart and John. In 1173, afte... ... middle of paper ... ... paradigm of sexual empowerment. This empowerment comes in terms of both sexual freedom and gender freedom.
As a child, Eleanor was educated in subjects girls were not supposed to learn. For example, she learned how to read and was educated in Latin, and she learned to ride a horse at a very young age. Her only brother died as a child, thus making Eleanor their father's heir. When Eleanor was 15 years old, William died and Eleanor became the Duchess of Aquitaine. She married Louis VII, the future king of France , a few months later.
On July 6th King Edward died, but his death was kept secret for a couple of days (Greaves par 1-2). This meant Mary, Elizabeth, Mary of Scotland or Lady Jane Grey could become queen. For the first time England had no choice, but to have a women as ruler (“Lady Jane Grey” par 5-7). Edward VI actually wanted Lady Jane as queen because she was protestant and Mary was Rom... ... middle of paper ... ...ne par 3). February 12, 1554 Lady Jane Grey was beheaded at the tower of London right after her husband.
Mary had not long married the French heir to the throne, Francois, and the French and Spanish were enemies. Thus, even though Elizabeth was a Protestant, it was in Philip's best interest to secure her accession to the throne to avoid the French obtaining it. Elizabeth was at her childhood home of Hatfield when Mary died on the 17 of November, 1558. She was reputedly eating an apple underneath an Oak tree in the great park when the news of her accession to the throne reached her. Elizabeth was now just twenty five years old, and Queen of England.
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”).
Their marriage was meant to bring great wealth. On March 31,1547, her husband became King Henri II, and Catherine became the Queen of France. She loved Henry from the start of their marriage, but he was more interested in his mistress, Diane de Poitiers, a French noblewoman. Catherine had ten children, three who would temporarily reign as king. All of Catherine's children’s names were, Francis II, Elisabeth of Valois, Claude of Valois, Louis, Charles IX, Henry III, Marguerite of Valois, Francois, Duke of Anjou, Victoria of Valois, and Joan of Valois.
In 1137, when Eleanor was thirteen, her father died and she became one of the most important women in Europe. She inherited Poitou to the North, Gascony to the South, Bordeaux and Bayonne, Saintonage, Perigord, Angoulême, Limousin, Auvergne and La Marche. During the Medieval ages Eleanor of Aquitaine ruled using romance, manipulation and her influence over others to secure her and her family’s position in power. Her political power and actions redefined and influenced the roles of her successors. Regardless of status, women often married for political reasons, not for love.
How did Queen Elizabeth become queen? Well Queen Elizabeth I was born straight into royalty. Her father Henry VIII, had six wives and Elizabeth came from the second wife. Elizabeth I wasn’t the first of the siblings to take the throne, her sister Mary took over before her. Even though she wasn’t the first of the siblings to take the throne she was still a great queen during her early years of ruling, but by her late years England started to fall.
Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine In the year 1122, soon to be Duke William X of Aquitaine was informed that his bride of one year, Aenor, daughter of the Viscount Aimery, had bore him a daughter. She was christened Alia-Aenor, or Eleanor. Since Aquitaine consisted of more than a third of the entire land of France, she was a heiress of some esteem. Soon after, Aenor gave birth to another daughter, Aelith (Petronella) and then to the heir that William so desired, William Aigret. Unfortunately, when Eleanor was eight, both her mother and brother died, leaving her heiress to the whole of Aquitaine.