period: portrayals of Eleanor of Aquitaine

Portrayals of Eleanor of Aquitaine

Aliénor d’Aquitaine, usually known as Eleanor of Aquitaine in English, (1122—1204) was one of the wealthiest and most powerful women in Western Europe during the High Middle Ages. As well as being Duchess of Aquitaine in her own right, she was queen consort of France 1137—1152 and queen consort of England 1154—1189. She was the patroness of such literary figures as Wace, Benoît de Sainte-More, and Chrétien de Troyes.

She was first married to King Louis VII of France and after that marriage was annulled she married King Henry II of England, who imprisoned her for some sixteen years. She was only released when their son Richard, later known as the Lionheart, became king. As queen mother, Eleanor acted as a regent for her son while he went off on the Third Crusade.

Eleanor survived her son Richard and lived well into the reign of her youngest son King John. By the time of her death she had outlived all of her children except for King John and Eleanor, Queen of Castile.

The movies

Robin Hood (2010): Featured Eileen Atkins as Eleanor, the Queen Mother at the time John succeeds Richard as king. Paul Engelen was the makeup designer.

Robin Hood (2006): Featured Lynda Bellingham as Eleanor in the episode ‘Treasure of the Nation’. Kajtar ‘Bogyo’ Janosne was the hair & makeup supervisor.

The New Adventures of Robin Hood (1997): Coming soon …