Royal tomb of Eleanor of Aquitaine in the nave of the Abbey Church at Fontevraud Abbey, Anjou, France. Eleanor of Aquitaine, 1122-1204, Queen consort of King Henry II of England, is reading a book, a symbol of her unusual stature and learning. The Plantagenet rulers were benefactors of the monastery. The effigy is carved in stone and was painted, she wears a crown and nun's wimple and her robes are blue and white. Fontevraud Abbey was founded in 1100 by Robert of Arbrissel and became a double monastery for both monks and nuns, led by an Abbess. The Order was dissolved during the French Revolution. Picture by Manuel Cohen

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Royal tomb of Eleanor of Aquitaine in the nave of the Abbey Church at Fontevraud Abbey, Anjou, France. Eleanor of Aquitaine, 1122-1204, Queen consort of King Henry II of England, is reading a book, a symbol of her unusual stature and learning. The Plantagenet rulers were benefactors of the monastery. The effigy is carved in stone and was painted, she wears a crown and nun's wimple and her robes are blue and white. Fontevraud Abbey was founded in 1100 by Robert of Arbrissel and became a double...
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