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In the novel A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver, the author presents the life of one of the twelfth century's most charismatic figures: Eleanor of Aquitaine. Eleanor of Aquitaine was not only one of the most influential women of her time, but also an extremely influential person in her age. Before she married Henry II of England to become the Queen of England, she was married to Louis VII, the King of France and a man who come to be known as St Louis. During the Second Crusade between 1148-1150, she accompanied her husband to Constantinople and then to the Holy Land. Eleanor served as something of an advisor to her husband during his campaign, a role she would also play with her second husband, Henry II.
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