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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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How Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn" Got A Nasty Nickname
Shortly after the release of Natalie Imbruglia's hit song "Torn," an enterprising reporter was surprised to discover that the song had in fact been recorded two years earlier, by a Norwegian band. Further research led to further surprises. The song, it seemed, had in fact been originally recorded several years before, by a Danish band. Though Imbruglia had never claimed the song as her own, the music press began to refer to it by another name: "Ripped Off."