Eleanor of Aquitaine

(c. 1124-1204): Queen and Leader

“You will be the cause of widespread disaster.”

Born in the 12th century to great power and wealth, Eleanor became the wife of the French King, Louis VII; they went on the Second Crusade to the Holy Land.  After their marriage was annulled, Eleanor married Henry II, King of England and Duke of Normandy, whom she later led a revolt against. She was a dynamic politician throughout her active life.