Tuesday, June 24, 2014

French Connection Women Who Rocked The World~

Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of England and France ~
Like Jackie Kennedy, Eleanor channeled the Arthurian ethos...
Saint Joan of Arc~

Château de la Treyne, pre-dates Joan of Arc, and is set amid
vast acres of private forest above the Dordogne—
two hours east of Bordeaux—Eleanor’s birthplace...

The Aquitaine department (akin to a US state) in SW France
 on the Atlantic Ocean. The capital is Bordeaux....
In Beynac, near Eleanor's favorite son, Richard the Lionhearted's castle~

Guinevere (late 5th-early 6th century). Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122-1204). Joan of Arc (1412-1431). Jacqueline Kennedy (1929-1994). Four France connected women who transformed the world.

Eleanor of Aquitaine was one of the richest, most powerful in Europe. Wife to two kings, mother of two others, queen of both France and England, her influence extended to America’s First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy, who, like Eleanor, was brainy, with French blood, and also one of the great equestriennes...

Eleanor, born Duchess of Aquitaine, who like Jackie was also the favored eldest daughter, first married King Louis VII of France at 15. And on their divorce, at 30 wed 18-year old Henry of Anjou, who two years later was King Henry II ruler of England and France...

Queen Eleanor gave birth to five sons and three daughters, and made her court the most splendid in the west. As Jackie did centuries later, Eleanor ensured that excellence in art, poetry, music, literature, and crafts flourished...

Patroness of literary figures like Chrétien de Troyes, whose fairy-tales were later reinterpreted by Walt Disney; Eleanor instilled ideals of chivalry, elevated the role of women and filled the court with troubadours and courtly love...

Eleanor was captivated by stories of King Arthur and the knights of his Round Table, and channeled the Arthurian legends into her realm, which later influenced First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy who was called America's Guinevere...

Eleanor was imprisoned by King Henry for 16-years for having backed her sons in a coup against him, and freed on his death. At age 67, she returned to rule the realm for five years while son King Richard was off on a Crusade...

And Saint Joan of Arc? The 17-year old saved France from falling in the deciding days of The Hundreds' Year War. Mark Twain devoted seven years of his life researching her in France for his, "Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc" calling her, "The greatest human being that ever lived." Her entire 19-years were set down in the sworn testimony of two trials...

Eleanor retired to the Abbey of Fontevrault where she died in 1204. The nuns there wrote of her what could have been said of the others, “She was beautiful and just, imposing and modest, humble and elegant.” 

The Divine Feminine: (HERE)...

The Dordogne~

The Dordogne is a region of Eleanor's Aquitaine and contains some of France's most beautiful villages and historic sites including Rocamadour, the prehistoric caves of Lascaux, the medieval town of Sarlat, Eyrignac’s Garden, St-Cirq-Lapopie, and Beynac Castle, a home to Eleanor’s son, King Richard the Lionhearted.

A simple version of the Dordogne’s Baked Apple Croustade~

Ingredients to serve 6:

6 apples, peeled and cut
2/3 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter


In an buttered oven-proof pan place the cut apples. Pour the maple syrup on the apples.

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, butter and salt. Add this mixture over the apples.

Cook in the oven for about 35 minutes at 375°F. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream… Thank you for stopping by...


  1. Great article - Right now I'm reading the book "Four Queens" which is about Eleanor and her sisters, who ruled Europe...Love history!

  2. I hadn't heard about that book, and love French history too! Thank you so much for letting me know, Rose!! Will definitely be reading that with relish!!

    All best...S