Her birth name in French


The 12th-Century was a long time ago. Into it, Eleanor was born, inheriting both a legacy to relish and traditions to resist. In some ways, she was a woman from the future, embracing a new sensibility for governance, music, travel, style, education, and employing a code of love.


Eleanor’s influence

• Romance of Troy - world’s longest poem

• Code of Love - world’s first school of manners

• Troubadours - new school of  personal love composers

• Charters of Oleron - she wrote the world’s first maritime law 

Eleanor legacy influences

  • Conquest of England - husband’s forefathers
  • Bayeux Embrodiery - world’s longest fabric
  • Domesday Books - world’s largest survey
  • Latin Schism, Virgin Mary, celibacy  - not even 100 years old
  • Conquest of Holy Land - her forefathers
  • Grandfather William  - world’s first troubadour 
  • Grandmother Dangerossa - set the mold for love over marriage
  • Fontevrault - Rare dual gender house, run by a Grand Abbess
  • Abelard & Heloise - Love as a primary drive in love letters

Illustration is the closest depiction of Eleanor of Aquitaine in her own time. From the Eleanor Psalter.

Some of Eleanor’s locations