Why Eleanor?

Actually, I have no idea what my parents would have called me had I been gender assigned female at birth, but I’ll go with Eleanor as we have a mutual appreciation for Eleanor of Aquitaine. Also, she is a pretty badass female role model. To very briefly summarise…

“Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine was one of the leading personalities of the Middle Ages and also one of the most controversial. She was beautiful, intelligent and wilful, and in her lifetime there were rumours about her that were not without substance. She had been reared in a relaxed and licentious court where the arts of the troubadours flourished, and was even said to have presided over the fabled Courts of Love. Eleanor married in turn Louis VII of France and Henry II of England, and was the mother of Richard the Lionheart and King John. She lived to be 82, but it was only in old age that she triumphed over the adversities and tragedies of her earlier years and became virtual ruler of England.”

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Eleanor-Of-Aquitaine-Wrath-England/dp/0099523558

…which is a lot to live up to, but may as well not shirk a challenge.

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