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Eleanor of Aquitaine

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This image is from a mural, created during Eleanor of Aquitaine's lifetime, located at the Chapel of Sainte-Radegonde in Chinon, France.  It depicts the Queen in a royal procession. 

The figure next to her has variously been identified as her daughter Joan (Jeanne), her son John I (also known as John Lackland) or her daughter-in-law Berengaria of Navarre (the wife of Richard the Lionheart). 

In his book, The Rough Guide to The Loire, James McConnachie provides more background about the mural:

High on one wall of the chapel, a captivating painting depicts a horseback cortege of regal figures, probably the Plantagenet royal family.  It's uncertain whether it celebrates the marriage of King John in 1200 or marks the end of Eleanor of Aquitaine's captivity in Chinon...

The leading figure is probably Henry II [not depicted in the image above], followed by his wife Eleanor (crowned, centre) and their daughter Jeanne ...

Dated to the end of the twelfth century, it may be the only contemporary portrait of Eleanor in the world - not counting the effigy on her tomb in Fontevraud.  (The Rough Guide to The Loire, by James McConnachie, page 107.)

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Media Credits

Image of the mural at the Chapel of Sainte-Radegonde in Chinon, France.  Online, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.  PD

Quoted passage from The Rough Guide to The Loire, by James McConnachie.

 

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