Eleanor of Aquitaine

Eleanor of Aquitaine was both the Queen of France to Louis the Seventh and Queen of England to Henry the Second. Raised in one of Europe’s most cultured courts and given an excellent education, she later became an important patron of poets and writers.At age 15 she married the future Louis VII of France, still a teen himself, and a month later the adolescent couple became King and Queen upon the death of King Louis VI. In 1147 she coaxed him into undertaking a Crusade, and she accompanied him to the Holy Land, where she easily stole the limelight and was rumored to have carried on an affair with her uncle, Raymond of Poitiers.