"[28] Once her sons had left for Paris, Eleanor may have encouraged the lords of the south to rise up and support them.[7]. She was not released until 6 July 1189, when her husband Henry died and their third son, Richard the Lionheart, ascended the throne. Eleanor's daughter, Queen Eleanor of Castile, had two remaining unmarried daughters, Urraca and Blanche.

This suspicion of responsibility did nothing for her popularity in Christendom. She was not aided by memories of Constance of Arles, the Provençal wife of Robert II, tales of whose immodest dress and language were still told with horror. [7] Even in an era when ladies of the nobility were excessively praised, their praise of her was undoubtedly sincere. If her money didn’t hook a man, the fact she was hot enough to make even the devoutest of monks recant their vows would. All that can be said is that her court at Poitiers was most likely a catalyst for the increased popularity of courtly love literature in the Western European regions. During her lifetime she would wed two kings and give birth to three more. While presenting a solemn and dignified face to the grieving Aquitainian messengers, Louis exulted when they departed. While there, the queen met with Bernard of Clairvaux, demanding that he use his influence with the Pope to have the excommunication of Petronilla and Raoul lifted, in exchange for which King Louis would make concessions in Champagne and recognise Pierre de la Chatre as archbishop of Bourges.

She did not have the opportunity to see her sons very often during her imprisonment, though she was released for special occasions such as Christmas. On her release, Eleanor played a greater political role than ever before. Eleanor had only one other legitimate sibling, a younger sister named Aelith also called Petronilla. In her youth, Eleanor was widely regarded as beautiful and was considered capricious and frivolous. Eleanor of Aquitaine is thought to be the queen of England mentioned in the poem "Were diu werlt alle min," used as the tenth movement of Carl Orff's famous cantata, Carmina Burana.[33]. Eleanor’s loyalties lay with her eldest sons, Henry the Young King and Richard the Lionhearted,  especially after she and King Henry II became fully estranged. Raymond had plans to abduct Eleanor, to which she consented. He was joined by troops sent by his brother Geoffrey and Philip II of France. Eleanor, nearly 80 years old, fearing the disintegration of the Plantagenet domain, crossed the Pyrenees in 1200 in order to fetch her granddaughter Blanche from the court of Castile and marry her to the son of the French king. Although this was perhaps a better military plan, Louis was not keen to fight in northern Syria. Eleanor also appears briefly in the first novel of Penman's Welsh trilogy, Here Be Dragons. [7][11][12] Louis gave the vase to the Basilica of St Denis.

As they ascended the mountains, however, the army and the king and queen were horrified to discover the unburied corpses of the Germans killed earlier. It was rumoured by some that Eleanor had had an affair with Henry's own father, Geoffrey V, Count of Anjou, who had advised his son to avoid any involvement with her. The enraged and unhappy queen even supported her sons in an unprecedented open rebellion against their father.

In early summer, Eleanor was ill, and John visited her at Fontevraud. She and Blanche rode in easy stages to the valley of the Loire, and she entrusted Blanche to the archbishop of Bordeaux, who took over as her escort. The couple married on Whitsun, 18 May 1152, eight weeks after the annulment of Eleanor's first marriage, in Poitiers Cathedral. Eleanor was the daughter and heiress of William X, duke of Aquitaine and count of Poitiers, who possessed one of the largest domains in France—larger, in fact, than those held by the French king. The queen was clearly not the maternal sort to be easily attached to her toddler/infant daughters (who were probably kept from her much of the time anyway), and spent no time weeping over the loss of her children. Soon afterwards, Eleanor sought an annulment of her marriage,[1] but her request was rejected by Pope Eugene III.

In addition, having been close to him in their youth, she now showed what was considered to be "excessive affection" towards her uncle. [19] Thus was conceived their second child —not a son, but another daughter, Alix of France.