Farewell Eleanor of Aquitaine

Mousey has been working on a huge project for her honors humanities class. All semester. They had to choose someone from ages ago to do a report on. AGES ago. She chose Eleanor of Aquitaine by default, she said all of the interesting people had been taken. She has been immersed in all things Eleanor since. This is what I can tell you, paraphrased by Muggins Q. Mouse

Born in 1122, Elle was supposedly a great beauty, wealthy, and a smarty pants too. She could read which was rare for the day. She had a younger sister, Petronella, who had dubious morals. As did Elle.

Her dad was the Duke of Aquitaine. He was evidently the richest guy in France, with more vassals and wealth than the king. After he died, when E was around 15, she was promptly married to the king’s son, Louis Vll. Supposedly he loved her “beyond reason” but alas it was not enough. She found it annoying that he was so monkish and he loved God more. He was just not chivilrous enough for her tastes.

This looks to me like Glen Close starring as Eleanor. Her second husband was Henry, whom she loved until he was unfaithful with the fair Rosamund. She gave Hank 8 children, but just like Heide Klum and Seal, they drifted apart. At some point, she was thrown in the klink.

During her lifetime she was queen of both France and England. I don’t know the details of that coup.

All of her sons (evidently also of dubious morality) ruled somewhere, and her daughters married well. She was a smart, it not wholesome, cookie. Mousey calls her, shallow, a femi-nazi, selfish and flat out doesn’t like her.

She died at 82, still active in all her activities, which was almost unheard of.

 

Today is presentation day! They had to make a period costume, and wear it. Extra credit if they wear it all day! Lucky for Mouse, today is a half day.

She has on two dresses, both found at Value World and purchased with a 50%off coo-pin. Who knew Eleanor had a fat cat? There was a Fat Louis in the story, so Mia is Fat Louis today.

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There is the green over dress, and the black chemise underneath.

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What kind of lady shows you such things??

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She just happened to have the belt and massive buckle. The tail hanging down the belt had some importance. It has escaped me.

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We had to make these funky X’s on her sleeves. We used curling ribbon. It was the only help she asked for.

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On to the wimple, as ugly as it sounds. It is a loverly silk scarf that she wears all the time. Strategically wound and bobby pinned.

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She got the crown at a birthday party last weekend.

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Give me some sass Ellie!!!

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Mousey said the Queen always carried a book and she planned on using one as a prop to calm her shaking hands. She will be MORE than happy when this day is over. Farewell Eleanor of Aquitaine!!!!!!!

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6 Comments

  1. marlene said,

    January 24, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    All very interesting and clever. That girl knows how to dress for any situation@

  2. Laurie said,

    January 24, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Golly — she looks terrific for having had 8 children!!!! Seriously, she should get an A+ for the costume alone.

  3. caprilis said,

    January 24, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Ditto what Laurie said! Great job Mousey!

  4. deb said,

    January 24, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Thank you for the history lesson, Mousey! You costume a great, what a find at the World, and that “whimple” whooks whonderful…

  5. Nan C said,

    January 25, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    I ditto what the ladies just wrote – I learned some history today. And, your costume looks great, Elle Mouse!

  6. warren said,

    January 26, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    What did women do before bobby pins? Squirrel toenails or something? Anyhow, she looks great!


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