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Eleanor of Aquitaine

Eleanor of Aquitaine

Eleanor of Aquitaine, (also called Eleanor of Guyenne, French Éléonore or Aliénor, d’Aquitaine or de Guyenne) Duchess of Aquitaine, Queen of France and later Queen of England and Queen Regent, she was just a bit of a powerful woman, was born about 1124 in Poitiers, France to William X and Aenor de Châtellerault. 1,181 more words


Recently, a metal detecting newbie had an amazing find just 20 minutes after beginning to metal detect in Sherwood Forest. He discovered a golden ring, though to be from the 14th century, which may be worth up to £70,000. 307 more words

Gunnora Haraldsdottir de Crepon de Danemark

Gunnora was born in about 936 ce in western Normandy, there is no definitive name for her father but it was speculated to be either a forester from Pays de Caux or , most likely, Harald Bluetooth, a Danish king. 284 more words

Eleanor of Aquitaine: Why we shouldn’t forget the medieval era when searching for our most powerful queens.

On the 9th September, Queen Elizabeth II surpassed Queen Victoria as the longest reigning British monarch. Journalists marked the event with comparisons between the two queens [1], whilst some historians chose to look back to the Tudor queens of England; Mary and Elizabeth [2]. 1,553 more words


A letter from Cranmer

First of all, for those of you who follow The History Jar by email, yesterday’s post requires an update.  Rosie Bevan contacted me with the following information – “The relationship between Richard and Reginald de Lucy was uncovered in 2016. 549 more words

Sixteenth Century

The Lord Mayor (of the City of London)’s Show

Today is the day of the annual Lord Mayor (of the City of London)’s Show.

Richard I appointed the  first (Lord) Mayor of London, Henry Fitz-Ailwyn de Londonestone, in effect to run the City,  in 1189; and John granted the City the right to elect its own Mayor in 1215 (the “Mayoral Charter” is now in the… 201 more words

On This Day

Bad King John

Exactly eight hundred years ago, King John of England lay dying in a bed in Newark Castle. He would die in the night, among rumours of poison, or “a surfeit of peaches” – while in truth it was a bad case of dysentery. 369 more words