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Dordogne (1000 Places) - Aquitaine, France Picturesque  and serene....someday I will see this place.

Chateau de Belcastel France, Built in century, restored century. In the Aveyron, east of Toulouse. Travel in France.

Eleanor of Aquitaine inherited her father's lands in 1137, and married Louis VII of France that same year. Their marriage was annulled in 1152. She then married Henry II of England, bearing him eight children including sons Richard (the Lion-Hearted) and John who would both become king. Eleanor promoted courtly culture, including troubadour songs, and was a savvy military adviser to her sons.

Eleanor of Aquitaine,wife of Henry II Mother to Richard the Lion Heart. My favorite Queen.

The Eleanor of Aquitaine Vase.' It can now be seen on permanent display in the Louvre, the museum having acquired the piece in 1793 after the French Revolution. The object is known to have belonged to Eleanor of Aquitaine, who, having inherited it from her grandfather, William IX, gave it as a wedding gift to her first husband, Louis VII of France. In his turn, he gave it to Abbot Suger for his foundation of St. Denis, who used it as a communion vessel.

Eleanor Vase - at the Louvre. Her gift to Louis VII on the occasion of their marriage and her only known surviving artifact.

Nice portrait of Eleanor of Aquitaine, holding her rock crystal vase. It was given to her by her grandfather, William IX of Aquitaine, and she later gave it to Louis VII as a wedding present. It still survives, and is on display in the Louvre museum. Eleanor of Aquitaine by *dashinvaine on deviantART

Nice portrait of Eleanor of Aquitaine, holding her rock crystal vase. It was given to her by her grandfather, William IX of Aquitaine, and she later gave it to Louis VII as a wedding present. It still survives, and is on display in the Louvre museum.

Place de la Liberté - Sarlat, France. The Dordogne region of France, just east of Bordeaux, is famous for duck and black truffles. A must visit destination for every French food enthusiast.

Summer evening at Place de la Liberté - Sarlat, France by © Valter Venturelli a nice old town well worth a visit if in the Dordogne area

When Eleanor of Aquitaine married Louis VII of France in 1137, she gave him the rock crystal vase on the left as a wedding present. The inscription on it says he, in turn, gave it to the Abbey of St.-Denis. It is now in the Louvre in Paris and is the only artifact of Eleanor's known to exist today.

When Eleanor of Aquitaine married Louis VII of France in she gave him this rock crystal vase as a wedding present. It is now in the Louvre in Paris and is the only artifact of Eleanor's known to exist today.

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