One of the most dynamic women in history is reincarnated for Eileen Page in her remarkable one-woman performance Eleanor of Aquitaine: Mother of the Pride, a play by Catherine Muschamp.
A woman of extraordinary courage, beauty and iron will – uniquely Queen of France then Queen of England, and mother of two English Kings – Eleanor of Aquitaine’s name was legendary ever before her death.
Having inherited the wealthy Duchy of Aquitaine at the age of fifteen, her first marriage to King Louis VII of France ended in divorce when she failed to produce an heir. Two months later Eleanor stunned Europe by my marrying the future King Henry II of England, eleven years her junior, thus creating the formidable Plantagenet dynasty. But their marriage was tempestuous; she spent fourteen years under house arrest for conspiring against her husband.
Eleanor of Aquitaine brings to life a formidable woman, far ahead of her time, who witnessed and influenced some of the Middle Ages’ most dramatic events.
This event is part of 'I'll Say It Again! A season of work by women artists', a month-long festival of performance celebrating the centenary of women's suffrage in the UK at Tara Theatre.
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