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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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Eleanor the Rebel

Eleanor the Rebel

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Eleanor of Aquitaine

Jean Flori

Olive Classe


When his father declined to hand over to him either England, or else Normandy, of which he was duke, or even Anjou, Young Henry made no secret of his resentment. King Henry II took no notice. William of Newburgh conveys very well the bitterness that filled the Young King's heart and set him on the path to rebellion, egged on as he was by ‘counsellors’ who pointed out how humiliating it was for him to be a make-believe king, completely without power. This chapter argues that Eleanor of Aquitaine was not unaware of the conspiracy which, as some people sensed better than Henry II did, was on its way. Clearly, the King had underestimated the anger he had aroused among his intimates. His new vassal, Raymond of Toulouse, seems to have been better informed than the King himself about the plotting going on within the royal family.

Keywords:   England, Normandy, Young Henry, Henry II, William of Newburgh, rebellion, counsellors, Eleanor of Aquitaine, conspiracy, Raymond of Toulouse

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