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Blessings on the new baby and on you and your family!

Interesting reading about Eleanor of Aquitaine. Certainly an exceptional person for her times. We have to examine her life through the lens of her times. Literacy was unique for both sexes and education of women not at all common. We can't evaluate Eleanor based on the standards of our times. I think that her era expected that an individual who was given the advantage of education and position to grasp opportunities that came along. Possessing power meant a degree of control over your circumstances and your future as well as the continuing success of your family and descendants.

Just finished reading an account of another strong and influential woman -- Katherine Swynford (1300's).

Deb H.

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