French history

Eleanor of Aquitaine – and the Mystery of Love and Incest

Eleanor of Aquitaine, the most sought after daughter in medieval Europe, became the most wealthy and powerful woman during the 12th and 13th centuries. At 12-13 years of age, Eleanor inherited the Duchy of Aquitaine when her father, William X, died. Orphaned, Eleanor came under the guardianship of King Louis VI of France. Three months

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The Mystery of Catherine de Medici – Wicked or Empowered?

Orphaned only weeks after her birth, and passed around to several relatives before her internment in several convents, Catherine de Medici had a rough start in life. Like most children of noble families, Catherine maintained little control over her destiny. Born into the powerful Italian Medici family, whose members included two Popes, Catherine, as an

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