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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 and John

Eleanor and John

Chapter:
(p.179) 9 Eleanor and John
Source:
Eleanor of Aquitaine
Author(s):

Jean Flori

Olive Classe

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622955.003.0010

This chapter gives a broad outline of the events that occurred at Châlus. There is not the least doubt about Richard I's main intention in laying siege to Châlus. He went into the county of Limousin as an overlord wishing to inflict severe punishment in accordance with feudal law on treacherous vassals. The chapter also shows that at the age of seventy-eight, Eleanor of Aquitaine came out of her Fontevrault retreat to play an active role in what was a real war now flaring up. King Arthur and his troops laid siege to the town and soon made their way in, forcing Eleanor to go farther into the town and take refuge in the castle. Eleanor managed to send messengers out to her son John, then in the neighbourhood of Le Mans, and to William des Roches, who had replaced Guy of Thouars at Chinon.

Keywords:   Châlus, Richard I, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Fontevrault, King Arthur, William des Roches

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