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Eleanor Of Aquitaine - By The Wrath Of God
At age 15, Eleanor of Aquitaine married Louis VII, King of France. Her subsequent petition for divorce from Louis was based on the claim that they were too closely related for the marriage to have been legal in the eyes of God (and the church). In 1154, just two years after the marriage was annulled, Eleanor married Henry II of England. "I am Queen of England," she drily remarked, "by the wrath of God." [At age 19, she knelt in the cathedral of Vezelay (before the celebrated Abbe Bernard of Clairvaux) and offered him thousands of her vassals for the Second Crusade. Dressed like an Amazon, Eleanor galloped through the crowds on a white horse, urging them to join the ...
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Katharine Hepburn: Playing Eleanor
One day on the set of The Lion in Winter, a reporter noticed that Katharine Hepburn, the film's star, had taken to wearing sneakers under her faux-twelfth-century robes. Asked about her unusual choice of footwear, Hepburn explained: "I play Eleanor of Aquitaine, queen of England—and also a practical woman who believed in comfort." [As a child, Hepburn shaved her head, wore pants and called herself "Jimmy" because, like her older brother Tom, she wanted to be a boy.] [One of the passengers boarding the lifeboats in Titanic can be seen sporting a digital watch.]