Tag: Plantagenets

The Cult of Courtly Love- Feminist Leap or Modern Myth

The story goes that Eleanor of Aquitaine created the cult of courtly love after retreating to France with her sons. Eleanor was said to have observed her husband, Henry II of England, revamping English Common Law and applied what she learned to establish the Courts of Love at her court in Poitiers. Men would bring […]

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Richard I, The Lionheart

Richard was born in England, on 8th September 1157, third son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. As was normal for the monarchy of the times, he spoke two dialects of French although contrary to popular belief was more than likely able to speak or at least understand some English too. His wet-nurse had […]

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Loss of the Angevin Empire

John was the youngest son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, and arguably the least impressive. Nicknamed sanz Terre, or Lackland, by his doting father was never thought to inherit significant portions of land. Henry named him the Lord of Ireland, but Ireland was half conquered at best. After his brothers’ rebelled, John cemented […]

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The Marriage of John of Gaunt & Blanche of Lancaster

Until the devastation imposed on it by Henry VIII at the dissolution of the monasteries, Reading Abbey in Berkshire witnessed a good many historical events as diverse as being the place where the earliest recorded musical manuscript of the 13th Century musical ‘round’ – Sumer Is Icumen In – was found, to the place Edward […]

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