History, Sentiments and Psychology: the Antioch Incident

Jean Flori and Olive Classe

in Eleanor of Aquitaine

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780748622955
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651382 | DOI:
History, Sentiments and Psychology: the Antioch Incident

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No one can say how the kingdom of France would have fared against what would have been a smaller Plantagenet empire if after the Antioch incident Eleanor of Aquitaine had not decided to leave her husband, taking Aquitaine with her into the other camp. There is little doubt that the Queen's decision, which Louis VII came to adopt and support, and which arose from an ‘emotional situation’, came into the matter afterwards. So the Antioch incident requires this chapter's close attention. As seen from this angle, it is a reflection of anxiety felt in the milieux of aristocracy and the church with regard to queens and their sexual desires, and to the political power these women wielded through their influence on kings and the fact that they might give birth to a legitimate heir.

Keywords: France; Plantagenet; Antioch; Eleanor of Aquitaine; milieu; aristocracy; church; Louis VII

Chapter.  13959 words. 

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