A couple of years later, when she was an early teen, her dad fell terminally ill on pilgrimage in France. His last moments were filled with fear for Eleanor. Why?
Then he died.
On his deathbed, he named his son, also Louis, as Eleanor's husband. He sent the young lad down to Aquitaine with some soldiers for a sharp-sharp wedding. No time to sew asoebi.
Her husband was shocked to find that the men of Aquitaine refused to swear loyalty to him. Only to their duchess. He was duke in name only.
Long live king Louis. And his Queen, Eleanor. Queen of France.
They moved north from Aquitaine to Paris.
It was a culture shock for Eleanor, and she hated the royal court as much as its ladies hated her.
AS A FIGHTER.
On the way, they were ambushed by Turks at some points, and Eleanor and her men were in the thick of battle.
Defeated, the couple sailed back to Europe.
On separate ships.
On her way back to her Duchy, several lords attempted to kidnap her (remember, heiressnapping was normal). Her and her bodyguards fought them off bravely, until she got to Aquitaine.
"Come and marry me ooo", she wrote.
He did. In 1152, they married.
Henry inherited the duchy of Normandy from his dad Geoffrey, but Eleanor convinced him he could inherit something bigger that had been denied his mother: the throne of England.
Eleanor now convinced Henry to fight for his mother's claim to the throne.
Henry returned to England with an army.
Henry would accept Stephen as the true king.
Stephen would name Henry his heir.
So, to make peace, Henry betrayed his mother, and Stephen his son and former heir.
Game of Thrones dey learn.
Suddenly, Henry was King of England.
Eleanor was queen again.
The Rolls are the first Sea Laws for Western Europe.
The survivors were:
Young Henry, Matilda, Richard, Geoffrey, Eleanor, Joan, John.
Among them 3 kings and 3 queens.
Also, he was quite the philanderer. Menaskom.
When they were of age, Eleanor convinced her first 3 sons to take up arms against their dad
Old Henry said "I don't blame you. It's your mother I blame", and locked her up in a castle. She remained his prisoner for 16 years.
The first of Eleanor's sons became (co-)King of England.
When Henry II finally died, Eleanor's captors freed her, and she rode around England, securing support of lords for her favourite son Richard.
Richard was a warrior so brave and strong that you probably know him by his nickname: Richard Coeur de lion. Richard the Lionheart.
Our notions of romance can be traced to her "Court of Love".