Eleanor of Provence

Eleanor of Provence

Eleanor was born in about 1223 in Aix-en-Provence to Ramon Berenguer IV, Count of Provence and Beatrice of Savoy whom we have met before in our journeys. She was one of four sisters, all of which married kings. She was married off to Henry III and the first time she met him was at the wedding in Canturbury Cathedral, it was also her first time to England. She was educated, beautiful, wealthy a fashinoistaand wrote poetry. She was a lover of trobadours and their music. What she wasn’t was loved by the people. She had brought a large retinue with her when she came to England and many people did not approve mainly because they had the ear of the King. It was not uncommon for her to be attacked with stones, rotten vegetabls and eggs when she was out on her barge. She was extrememly devoted to her son Edward, the future king, and raised two of his sons. When one of those boys, Henry, died in her care she went into deep mourning and had his heart buried at the priory at Guildford which she had founded in his memory. After her last two daughters died she retired to a convent only staying in contact with Edward and her sister, Queen Margaret of France. She died in June 1291, on either the 24th or 25th in Amesbury and is buried somewhere at the Abby of St. Mary and St. Melor she is the only English Queen without a marked grave.




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