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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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Queen of England

Queen of England

(p.72) 4 Queen of England
Eleanor of Aquitaine

Jean Flori

Olive Classe


It emerges that over a period of twenty years, the chroniclers record only seven instances of Eleanor of Aquitaine being with King Louis VII on those occasions (including five in consecutive years, from 1158 to 1162), only on the continent and mainly in Normandy, if one counts mentions of the Queen's presence at Christmas courts. Is this solely because Robert of Torigni's coverage of that region is more detailed? This chapter questions here the result of a cooling of relations between husband and wife, or whether it was only the effect of political circumstances. What part can Eleanor have played in those domains between the time of her marriage and the beginnings, in 1172, of the break-down in relations that led to her imprisonment in 1174? For answers to those questions, the chapter reviews the sequence of events in which the Queen was involved.

Keywords:   Eleanor of Aquitaine, Louis VII, Normandy, Christmas, courts, Robert of Torigni, marriage, imprisonment, Queen

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