One of the most intriguing and powerful women of European history, Eleanor of Aquitaine
, was Queen of France before she was Queen of England. Henry II famously locked her away for years for siding with their sons against him, but after Henry died, Eleanor advised and even ruled as regent when needed for her favorite son, Richard the Lionhearted, and then for her far less favored son, John Lackland.
The play and movie, The Lion in Winter, depicts Eleanor's relationship with her second husband, Henry II of England. I enjoy both the classic and more recent movie versions:
- The Lion in Winter - with Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn (1968)
- The Lion in Winter - with Glenn Close, Patrick Stewart (2003)
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