Who is Eleanor of Aquitaine?
Eleanor of Aquitaine was queen of both France and England in the 12th century, making her one of the most powerful women of the time. After separating from her second husband, she moved her household to her lands in western France and developed the Court of Love which encouraged courtly love, ideals, and etiquette governing the courtship of knights and ladies. This would go on to become the accepted mode of behavior for the nobility throughout medieval Europe.
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This place setting
is for Eleanor of Aquitaine. She served as queen of France and England in the 12th century, making her one of the most powerful women of the time. Her plate features a fleur-de-lis, a symbol of France commonly found in art of the Middle Ages. It is also related to the iris, both are symbols of the Virgin Mary, alluding to Eleanor of Aquitaine's power.
Cool, my daughter studied her in AP World History.
That's awesome. One of the reasons Chicago was inspired to create The Dinner Party was because she felt her education lacked recognition of prominent women in history. It's cool to know that one of these historically overlooked women is know being highlighted in school.
I know Chicago says the embroidery style reflects
the woman’s epoch but I wonder if there is more in depth info available
about the different styles of embroidery and reasons behind the different
materials that Eleanor's runner is made from?
As you've said, the different techniques relate to the different time periods and women represented. On Eleanor of Aquitaine's runner, you will see references to tapestries woven by noblewomen (like her!) during the 12th century.