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Eleanor of Aquitaine was one of the most influential women in the history of Europe having been a queen to rulers of both France and England along with having significant political and economic power in her own right She served as an example to all women during a period where there was increasing development in the females role in society Eleanor was a patron of the arts and she was also a powerful personality influencing the politics of the day with the help of her sons and maintaining a certain degree of control over the monarchy even after her marriage to Henry had ended Eleanor was born in 1122 to Duke William X of Aquitaine The holdings of her father were equal to those of the French royalty making him one of the most influential and important men in the region She inherited her fathers wealth and influence upon his death and later that year was wed to Louis VII of France He became King of France a month later and as his queen she proved to be a talented advisor Eleanor accompanied him during the Second Crusade organizing his policy and advising his political choices It was during the Crusades that their marriage ended and despite having produced two daughters it was annulled by Louis in 1152 His reasoning was that of Blood relationship but the reality was of course that of jealousy and suspicion Eleanor was rumored to be having an intimate affair with a cousin but whether that was true or not is unknown What is known is that soon after the end of her marriage to Louis of France Eleanor became independently wealthy and powerful again Several months later she married Henry II of England positioning herself into an even greater position of power in Europe When Henry was crowned King Of England in 1154 Eleanor became the ruler of England Normandy and thanks to Henrys holdings and holdings of her
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