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Eleanor of Aquitaine?

Who were the famous ancestors of Eleanor of Aquitaine (if she wasn't the first famous one in the line)? Obvy, she had famous descendants (e.g. sons King Richard the Lionheart and Prince/King John) and not-so-famous descendants (me) but did she have illustrious ancestors?

4 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    I looked her up on

    Then I looked at RWWC,

    for Eleanor b. 1122, and checked "has notes" and "has sources" because RWWC lets you display a pedigree. The datbase named "Kairos" looks good.

    Eleanor had a bunch of dukes in her ancestors and some kings, according to them.

  • 1 decade ago

    I believe Eleanor of Aquitaine was the first truly famous ruler of Aquitaine, but she was a descendent of Charlemagne (and Charles Martel, etc), and probably also of the Spanish royal line. There was so much intermarriage between the powerful that she was probably descended from many other famous people, who we can't trace. Remember that she was not only duchess of Aquitaine, but also Countess of Poiters (and I believe Toulouse), and Duchess of Gascony. She got those titles by descent, not conquest!

  • 1 decade ago

    She links with Anglo-Saxon english rulers notably Alfred the Great and his grandfather Egbert who is acknowledged as the first king of a united England. She also through the Dukes of Aquitaine link with Charlemagne who is considered to be one of the most famous and powerful rulers during the early medieval period in europe

    Source(s): Mike Ashley's Kings and Queens of England
  • Eleanor's parents were the future William X of Aquitaine and Aenor of Chatellerault and grand-daughter of the duke of Aquitaine then reining, William IX (Guilhem lo trobador). We probably never heard of them but they were famous in their time.

    (I got the info from a book I own)

    Source(s): "Eleanor of Aquitaine" - The Mother Queen by Desmond Seward pg.13
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