Question for the day: Who led Amazons to the Crusades?
--She was a queen of France. --She was then a queen of England. --Her own holding was richer, more powerful, larger, and more cultured than either France or England.
any guesses yet?
--She once escaped abduction and a forced marriage by scaling down a tower wall in the middle of the night. --She led three of her four sons into a war against their father. --She was the mother of Richard the Lion-hearted and Prince John. --At the end of her life, living as an Abottess, she was recognized to be one of the most powerful, wisest people in all of Europe. --She was only partially portrayed in the movie "The Lion in Winter."
Do you know her name?
As a young queen, she led her ladies of the court on horseback and dressed as Amazons to the Crusades, alongside her first husband, the sainted king of France.
Eleanor of Aquitaine
She was one of the most fascinating women in history, and one of the most fun to read about. Merind's personality in Singer of Norgondy was modeled partly on her story. But the more I researched her, the more incredible her story became. Incredible in the true sense of the word -- harder to believe real than most heroines in movies.