Tag Archives: Eleanor of Aquitaine

The Lusignans of Poitou

The recent developments in the Middle East revived academic and public interest in the West’s previous encounters with that part of the world. These events created something of a cottage industry of  histories and novels recounting the crusades, particularly the … Continue reading

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…on to Fontevraud Abbey (Pt. III)

Fontevraud Abbey: What can one say? The tombs of Henry II, Richard, Isabelle d’Angoulême and Aliénor (dare one be on first name basis with that lady?)  It rained. The countryside is somewhat rolling hills with fields and a few forested … Continue reading

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Decembers of Centuries Past…and Present

It was on December 25, 1100 when Baldwin of Edessa got himself officially crowned king of Jerusalem… On December 25, 1146, Bernard of Clairvaux recruited the HRE Conrad to join in what became the Second Crusade (which included Louis of … Continue reading

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Happy April Fool’s Day, Eleanor of Aquitaine.

 April Fool’s Day is soon upon us, and April 1st has been associated with pranks and pranksters since at least the l6th century. April 1, 1204, is also generally accepted to be the date of the death of Eleanor of … Continue reading

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The Knights of Yesteryears

Popular historical novels depict “sympathetic characters,” these reflect far more of our time, rather than theirs. Continue reading

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