|Not surprisingly, Fontevraud caught the eye of one of the Middle Ages' most powerful and gifted women: Eleanor of Aquitaine. When her first marriage with King Louis VII of France failed, she quickly married the count that ruled here, a young and dashing Henry PlantagenÍt. By his mother a descendant of William the Conqueror, Henry soon inherited the duchy of Normandy and the kingdom of England. After a long and rocky marriage, both Henri II PlantagenÍt and Eleanor of Aquitaine chose to be burried here. These "gisants" mark the site. At their feet lies that of their legendary son, Richard the Lionhearted, of whom we have already spoken in these pages.|
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