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Eleanor of Aquitaine

(c. 1122—1204) queen of France, consort of Louis VII, and queen of England, consort of Henry II.


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(c. 1122–1204)

Daughter of the Duke of Aquitaine, queen of France (1137–52) and of England (1154–89). She was married to Louis VII of France from 1137; in 1152, with the annulment of their marriage, she married the future Henry II of England. Her ten children included the monarchs Richard I (the Lionheart) and John, whose accession she strove to secure. She acted as regent (1190–94) while Richard was away on the Crusades.

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