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Eleanor of AquitaineQueen and Rebel$
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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

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Childhood, Lineage and Marriage

Childhood, Lineage and Marriage

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(p.16) (p.17) 1 Childhood, Lineage and Marriage
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Eleanor of Aquitaine
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Jean Flori

Olive Classe

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DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622955.003.0002

This chapter discusses the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine. It is not known for certain when and where Eleanor was born, but historians give the date as 1122 or 1124. The place was Poitiers or Bordeaux, or perhaps the castle of Belin, to the south-west of Bordeaux, where, according to Aimery Picaud, the supposed author of the Pilgrim's Guide to Saint James of Compostela, written between 1130 and 1140, lived. Already Eleanor's story is interwoven with epic and mystery. This is not so much because, as used to be thought, at a period of high infant mortality, parents did not become closely attached to their children until they had survived the dangers that threatened them in their early years, but much more because, except in the context of religion, people then did not bother so much about exact dates. She was the daughter of Duke William X of Aquitaine and of Aénor of Châtellerault.

Keywords:   Eleanor of Aquitaine, Poitiers, Bordeaux, castle, Belin, Aimery Picaud, mortality, religion, Duke William X, Aénor of Châtellerault

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