Eleanor of Aquitaine

The fresco - ©Chinpat / CC-BY-SA The fresco - ©Chinpat / CC-BY-SA

The Plantagenet in Chinon After her marriage with the future king of England Henri II, Eleanor of Aquitaine turned up in the val de Loire: Chinon became the king’s capital city in Touraine. Eleanor...

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Stags skins for the nuns The proud counts of Poitiers raised their castle here, on the sweet island of Oléron, and before them the count of Anjou Geoffroy Martel in the 10th century (Foulques Nerra...

The castle - ©Havang(nl) / CC0 The castle - ©Havang(nl) / CC0

Eleanor’s wedding night A chronicler says that the young couple (Eleanor of Aquitaine and king of France Louis VII) spent their wedding night in the castle of Taillebourg… Yes! After their wedding...

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Little stories... Eleanor, Henri and Company The Gothic cathedral of Saint-Pierre of Poitiers was raised in 840 on the foundations of the old church of Saint-Hilaire. A fire destroyed everything in...

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Water everywhere! Lord of Vouvant Ayraud Gassedener founded Saint-Vincent abbey in 1068 in Nieul, on the banks of river Autise. The first monks who settled here started to clean the marais Poitevin.

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The fortress of Ventadour High of his rocky spur, the fortress of Ventadour seems impregnable! And yet… During the Hundred Years War, the English besieged the place after a treason, and kept it 13...

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A terrible bombing in 1944 destroyed almost everything in Lisieux... except the Gothic cathedral Saint-Pierre, a rare remain (the oldest Gothic building in Normandy)! In 1034, bishop Herbert...

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The recumbent figures The Plantagenet Here we are in the "Plantagenet's St-Denis basilica"! Founders of the famous dynasty were buried here, between 1189 and 1254: the place is known as "King's...

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Have at those heretics! Hear ye, hear ye, the story of the noble castle of Puivert! The family of Congost raised the first fortress in the 12th century. But they were Cathars followers, in the...

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The famous council of Beaugency took place in March 1152. This one was about the marriage cancellation of Eleanor of Aquitaine and king of France Louis VII. Aah, this was no trifling matter!Pretty...


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