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Transcript of Middle Ages-Queens
"Eleanor of Aquitaine." BBC. N.p.. Web. 7 Jan 2013. <http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/eleanor_of_aquitaine.shtml>.
"Daily Life of a Noblewoman in the Middle Ages." Middle Ages. N.p.. Web. 7 Jan 2013. <http://www.middle-ages.org.uk/daily-life-noblewoman-middle-ages.htm>. The End! Citations Roles of Queens Although kings were the main rulers, queens also played an important role. They acted as regents or back ups when the king was sick or too young to make important decisions. Queens also helped kings and other nobility find ways to spy on enemies, ignite conflict or war, or simply spread gossip throughout the kingdom. They figured out the meaning behind words and actions. They also served as socialists and hostesses at parties and events. Queens were also some of the most trusted people in the king's inner circle. But their main job was to produce a healthy male heir to the throne. If they didn't, they were shunned, imprisoned, or even killed. Daily Life In the mornings, the queen would have begun the day at dawn for prayers. After this, she would be assisted with her dress for the day by her ladies-in-waiting. She would have breakfast, take part in important discussions, and oversee the education of upper-class girls. Queens would have mid-morning prayers followed by a meal. In the afternoon, queens would perform housewifely duties and then have leisure time, which included embroidery and dance practice. At night, they would have evening prayers. Supper was sometimes followed by entertainment. Finally, the queens had prayers before going to sleep. Eleanor of Aquitaine One example of a queen from the Middle Ages who played important roles. At age 15, Eleanor was the most eligible heiress to the throne. She married Louis VII and accompanied him on the Second Crusade. Because it was a failure, their poor relationship deteriorated even further. Eleanor's inability to produce a child added to the tension and they eventually divorced. Soon after, Eleanor remarried to Henry of Anjou and played an important role in running the empire. Later, two of her sons involved her in a plot against Henry and she was imprisoned. Her oldest son, Richard, demanded her release after Henry's death. Now at age 60, she became very involved in government. She finally died back in Aquitaine. Introduction Queens played important roles in the Middle Ages. They had many duties and helped their kings run empires. Learn about the role of a queen, daily life, and an example of a noteworthy queen from the Middle Ages in this presentation!