And here is one of the Queens of these lands. It's Eleanor of Aquitaine, alongside her second husbund, Henri II Plantagenêt. Eleanor had gone on the second crusade with her first husband, the King of France Louis VII. She gave him two daughters and many headaches. She liked music and poetry, he liked praying and making war. When they divorced in 1152, she married the Count of Anjou, young Henri Plantagenêt. Henri was a direct descendant of William the Conqueror, and he would soon become Duke of Normandy and King of England by that heritage. Their marriage united her Poitou and Aquitaine with his Anjou, Normandy, and England. This was the richest empire known to the Western World since the time of the Romans.
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Date: 6/29/09 10:21 AM