Eleanor of Aquitaine

Petronilla of Aquitaine – The Queen’s sister

If you have read about Eleanor of Aquitaine, chances are that you have heard she had a younger sister named Petronilla.  You may have heard how Petronilla’s marriage caused quite the scandal.  But is there anything else to say about Petronilla? Very little is known about Petronilla of Aquitaine.  She is hidden within the shadows [read more]

Bavaria

Matilda of England – Overshadowed sister of kings

Much has been written of Matilda’s parents, Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Her four surviving brothers, Henry, Richard, Geoffrey, and John, are also rather famous- Richard and John were Kings of England, and Henry was a “junior king” of England. The three older brothers, along with their mother, famously led a rebellion against their [read more]

Adela of Champagne

Lost Kingdoms – Kingdom of France

The Kingdom of France originated when Hugh Capet was elected King and founded the Capetian dynasty. Before, the area of the Frankish empire was ruled by several dynasties. Hugh Capet was married to Adelaide of Aquitaine, and she was known as Queen of the Franks. They had three children that can be accounted for, including Hugh’s [read more]

Eleanor of Aquitaine

Fontevraud Abbey – From abbey to prison

Fontevraud Abbey was founded between 1110 and 1119 and was located in what was then the Angevin Empire. As a monastery, it was home to royal and noble ladies and it became the burial place of Eleanor of Aquitaine, her husband Henry II and their son Richard the Lionheart and the wife of their son [read more]