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Eleanor of Aquitaine had her youngest at 43

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, June 19, 2013 | 0 comments

Image: Eleanor of Aquitaine, by moria / Heather Kennedy, on Flickr
A reader sent in: 
I think Eleanor of Aquitaine (Queen of England in the 1100's) had something like 8-9 (more?) kids and bore her last while in her 40's.

Life was certainly tougher in the 1100's than it is now!!!

So I did a little research and found:
Eleanor of Aquitaine was born in 1122. She married King Louis VII of France in 1137, and bore him two daughters.

Their marriage was annulled on March 11, 1152 for failing to give the king a son.

She then married Henry, Duke of Normandy on May 18, 1152, when she would have been 30 years old.

Over the next thirteen years, Eleanor bore Henry eight children: five sons and three daughters.

So with her youngest child, she would have been 43/44 years old.

Photo credit: Eleanor of Aquitaine, by moria / Heather Kennedy, on Flickr
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