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Eleanor of Aquitaine
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    (1122-1204)
    Queen of France and England
    Married to King Louis VII of France and King Henry II of England
    Mother of King Richard I and King John of England
    Duchess of Aquitaine
    She allegedly had affairs with both her uncle and Henry II's father.
    Her first marriage to King Louis of France was annulled.
    She was eleven years older than her second husband, Henry II.
    She and her sons rebelled against Henry.
    She was imprisoned for 16 years.
    She traveled to the Holy Land during the Crusades.
    She took an active role in politics, which was unheard of for medieval queens.
    She was well-educated and cultured.
    She was the richest woman in Europe.
    She was described as being very beautiful.
    She ruled England while her son Richard was on Crusade.
    When Richard was captured, she raised money for his ransom.
    She lived to be in her eighties, which was rare for the Middle Ages.
    She was portrayed by Katharine Hepburn in 'The Lion in Winter.'

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