Virginie Girod SEASON 2022 - 202305h00, March 23, 2023

Listen to the rest of the story dedicated to one of the most eminent women of the Middle Ages: Eleanor of Aquitaine. Virginie Girod continues her story about this duchess with two crowns. After the dissolution of her marriage to Louis VII, Eleanor of Aquitaine married Henry Plantagenet, the future Henry II. It was in 1152, in Poitiers, that she sealed her union with one of the most powerful lords of the kingdom of France and pretender to the crown of England. This marriage stirred up the two kingdoms. Two years later, Henry ascended the throne of England without any real opposition. Eleanor of Aquitaine thus became Queen of England. With this union, the provinces of Aquitaine came under English domination. Henry II's empire stretched from Scotland to the Pyrenees. But Eleanor rebellious in her youth, remains an adult independent woman. She moved to Aquitaine to make one of the most brilliant courts of the Middle Ages flourish. "Au Cœur de l'Histoire" is a Europe 1 Studio production.

Topics covered: Crown – Queen – Kingdom – Henry II- Louis VII – England – France – Middle Ages - Duchy of Aquitaine

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"At the heart of history" is a Europe 1 Studio podcast.

Writing and presentation: Virginie Girod

- Production: Europe 1 Studio

- Artistic direction: Adèle Humbert and Julien Tharaud

- Director: Clément Ibrahim

- Original music: Julien Tharaud

- Additional music: Julien Tharaud and Sébastien Guidis

- Communication: Kelly Decroix

- Distribution and writing: Romain Vintillas

- Visual: Sidonie Mangin

Virginie Girod retraces in "Au cœur de l'Histoire" the rest of the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine. The marriage with Henry Plantagenet, who became King of England, made the royal couple the holder of the largest kingdom in the Middle Ages. By adding up the fiefdoms of the couple, we obtain a territory that goes from the borders of Scotland to the Pyrenees. In 1166, Henry II led his troops to victory and continued the expansion of his kingdom: he even conquered the Duchy of Brittany. At this point, we begin to speak of the "Plantagenet Empire". For example, the royal domain of King Louis VII of France King is twice as small. "Au Cœur de l'Histoire" is a Europe 1 Studio production.