Smooth . . .
2001-06-05

The Royal Abbey of Nieul-sur-l'Autize is the native home of Eleanor, and it is there that her mother's body was buried for centuries before pillagers removed it from these grounds.

The art here is pure Romanesque, that of Eleanore's parents and grand-parents.  As the greatest princess of one of the world's richest regions, it was a major victory for the Abbot Suger to arrange her marriage with the young and future king of France, Louis VII.  As we have seen earlier, another scheme of Suger's was the development of a new style of art that would show the superiority of the kingdom of France.  The Basilique of Saint-Denis was being built in these same years.  As we know Eleanor was fond of music, dance, poetry, and love.  Louis VII was chaste and monastic, and after their crusade to the Orient, he divorced her.  Her vengeance was simple.  She married the gallant Henri PlantagenÍt, who almost immediately inherited the throne of England.  Aquitaine thus became English, and the dispute over that status lasted three hundred years, and more...

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