Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Eleanor of AquitaineQueen and Rebel$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jean Flori and Editions Payot

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748622955

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622955.001.0001

Show Summary Details

Eleanor's Power and Patronage

Eleanor's Power and Patronage

Chapter:
(p.273) 12 Eleanor's Power and Patronage
Source:
Eleanor of Aquitaine
Author(s):

Jean Flori

Olive Classe

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622955.003.0014

This chapter argues that Eleanor of Aquitaine sought solace in her role of patron of literature, sponsoring several literary works dedicated to her and inspiring poets and romancers. It was being placed under that sort of political tutelage, together with the humiliation of being a deserted wife, which drove her to the revolt of 1173. This view, supported by respected medievalists, has exerted a durable influence on historians writing about Eleanor and her epoch. Today, it is strongly challenged on all points: her political power, her patronage of artists and writers, her impact on literature, and her ideological significance. The chapter also compares the respective roles played in Aquitaine by Eleanor's two husbands, Louis VII and Henry II.

Keywords:   Eleanor of Aquitaine, patron of literature, power, patronage, Aquitaine, Louis VII, Henry II

Edinburgh Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.