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Eleanor of Aquitaine by GENZOMAN Eleanor of Aquitaine by GENZOMAN
Hey guys! there goes an image I did some time ago. Back to mythological characters? Eleanor of Aquitaine was an important figure on France history and the crusades, you know her? no? then...


Eleanor of Aquitaine was one of the wealthiest and most powerful women in western Europe during the High Middle Ages and a member of the Ramnulfid dynasty of rulers in southwestern France. She became Duchess of Aquitaine in her own right while she was still a child, then later Queen consort of France (1137–1152) and of England (1154–1189). Three months after she became duchess, she married King Louis VII of France, son of her guardian, King Louis VI. As Queen of France, she participated in the unsuccessful Second Crusade.

Eleanor of Aquitaine also formally took up the cross symbolic of the Second Crusade during a sermon preached by Bernard of Clairvaux. Eleanor recruited some of her royal ladies-in-waiting for the campaign, as well as 300 non-noble Aquitainian vassals. She insisted on taking part in the Crusades as the feudal leader of the soldiers from her duchy. She and her ladies dressed as Amazons and she was compared with Penthesilea, mythical queen of the Amazons. Her testimonial launch of the Second Crusade from Vézelay, the rumored location of Mary Magdalene´s grave, dramatically emphasized the role of women in the campaign. The Crusade itself achieved little. Louis was a weak and ineffectual military leader with no skill for maintaining troop discipline or morale, or of making informed and logical tactical decisions. Louis and Eleanor stayed in the Philopation palace just outside the city walls.Second Crusade council: Conrad III of Germany, Eleanor's husband Louis VII of France, and Baldwin III of JerusalemFrom the moment the Crusaders entered Asia Minor, things began to go badly. The king and queen were still optimistic – the Byzantine Emperor had told them that the German King Conrad had won a great victory against a Turkish army (when in fact the German army had been massacred), and the troupe was still eating well. However, while camping near Nicea, the remnants of the German army, including a dazed and sick King Conrad, staggered past the French camp, bringing news of their disaster. The French, with what remained of the Germans, then began to march in increasingly disorganized fashion towards Antioch. They were in high spirits on Christmas Eve, when they chose to camp in a lush Dercervian valley near Ephesus. Here they were ambushed by a Turkish detachment; the French proceeded to slaughter this detachment and appropriate their camp.Louis then decided to cross the Phrygian mountains directly in the hope of reaching Eleanor's uncle Raymond in Antioch more quickly. As they ascended the mountains, however, the army and the king and queen were horrified to discover the unburied corpses of the previously slaughtered German army.On the day set for the crossing of Mount Cadmos, Louis chose to take charge of the rear of the column, where the unarmed pilgrims and the baggage trains marched. The vanguard, with which Queen Eleanor marched, was commanded by her Aquitainian vassal Geoffrey de Rancon. Unencumbered by baggage, they reached the summit of Cadmos, where Rancon had been ordered to make camp for the night. Rancon however chose to continue on, deciding in concert with Amadeus III, Count of Savoy (Louis's uncle) that a nearby plateau would make a better campsite: such disobedience was reportedly common.Accordingly, by mid-afternoon, the rear of the column – believing the day's march to be nearly at an end – was dawdling. This resulted in the army becoming separated, with some having already crossed the summit and others still approaching it. At this point the Turks, who had been following and feinting for many days, seized their opportunity and attacked those who had not yet crossed the summit. The French (both soldiers and pilgrims), taken by surprise, were trapped; those who tried to escape were caught and killed. Many men, horses, and much of the baggage were cast into the canyon below. The chronicler William of Tyre,writing between 1170 and 1184 and thus perhaps too late to be considered historically accurate, placed the blame for this disaster firmly on the amount of baggage (much of it reputedly belonging to Eleanor and her ladies) and the presence of non-combatants.The king, having scorned royal apparel in favour of a simple pilgrim's tunic, escaped notice (unlike his bodyguards, whose skulls were brutally smashed and limbs severed). He reportedly "nimbly and bravely scaled a rock by making use of some tree roots which God had provided for his safety", and managed to survive the attack. Others were not so fortunate: "No aid came from Heaven, except that night fell."

Official blame for the disaster was placed on Geoffrey de Rancon, who had made the decision to continue, and it was suggested that he be hanged (a suggestion which the king ignored). Since he was Eleanor's vassal, many believed that it was she who had been ultimately responsible for the change in plan, and thus the massacre. This did nothing for her popularity in Christendom – she was also blamed for the size of the baggage train and the fact that her Aquitainian soldiers had marched at the front, thus not involved in the fight. Continuing on, the army became split, with the commoners marching toward Antioch and the royalty traveling by sea. When most of the land army arrived, the king and queen had a profound dispute. Although this was perhaps the better military plan, Louis was not keen to fight in northern Syria. One of Louis's avowed Crusade goals was to journey in pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and he stated his intention to continue. Reputedly Eleanor then requested to stay with Raymond and brought up the matter of consanguinity – the fact that she and her husband, King Louis, were too closely related. This was grounds for divorce in the medieval period. Rather than allowing her to stay, Louis took Eleanor from Antioch against her will and continued on to Jerusalem with his dwindling army. This episode humiliated Eleanor, and she maintained a low profile for the rest of the crusade. Louis's subsequent assault on Damascus in 1148 with his remaining army, fortified by King Conrad and Baldwin III of Jerusalem, achieved little. Damascus was a major trading centre that abounded in wealth and was under normal circumstances a potential threat, but the rulers of Jerusalem had recently entered into a truce with the city, which they then forswore. It was a gamble that did not pay off, and whether through military error or betrayal, the Damascus campaign was a failure. The French royal family retreated to Jerusalem and then sailed to Rome and made their way back to Paris.While in the eastern Mediterranean, Eleanor learned about maritime conventions developing there, which were the beginnings of what would become admiralty law. She introduced those conventions in her own lands on the island of Oleron in 1160 (with the "Rolls of Oléron") and later in England as well. She was also instrumental in developing trade agreements with Constantinople and ports of trade in the Holy Lands.
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Robin250 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
There’s also one thing left out here that has been overlooked: she was also the wife of King Henry II of England, and thus she was the mother of another Crusading King: Richard the Lionheart.
BishonenPrincess Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You're so talented but I can't stop laughing at the skirt wedgie omg. ^^;
LETMESEEBEUTY Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017
Classic cool and gorgeous
Bladeninja76 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous head, even if it doesn't seem to match the gigantic sword. Stylish brass armor and shiny shield too.
hawkeye42 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It's sad though i like how the story played out for her . Even though the story was different, i liked how it still played out with the main historical event of the failure of European conquest against  eastern conquest. Overall i love it. its very nice.
DamionS Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Professional Filmographer
She'd make a great Soul Caliber character. :D 
Nightshade475 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016
buns of steel...!
THenkle61 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016
You do awesome work!
rpgstilltheend Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016
I just love a sexy warrior woman. Love her looks, her sword, and that miniskirt. Is she going nopan by the way? I doubt that had Victoria's Secret back in the day anyway.
wnter06 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016
badass girl 
7EternalLove Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay:happybounce: ! History ArtHeart ! I forgot about this type of artOops! .
Rafa-Oliveir4 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
congratulations for the Work!! Really amazing!
WayneKelly Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016
So Much Talent! Thank You, For Sharing. 
hrfarrington Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Professional General Artist
I really love the details and the concept of this piece, but the fabric on her skirt is a bit... distracting... she has a bit of a skirt-wedgie thing going on ^^; Otherwise, this piece is lovely ^^
Martsuia Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so unrealistic 
GENZOMAN Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016
I wasn't planning to make it "realistic" ;)
Martsuia Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i dont mean the style dummy
Now I know this kind of imagery isn't your's or everyone's liking, but isn't the whole point of  "style" or "stylization" to drift away from "realism" in varying degrees? And it doesn't apply only to imagery, ideas and concepts aren't exempt either.
Miss-Niles Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2017
Because nothing screams creative stylization like a spine-snapping boobs n' butt pose. Sure.
NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2017
I didn't say it was "creative", just stylized. The context of my comment was that arguing for realism doesn't apply for a piece that'a clearly a cartoon, not in defense of the creative integrity of the artist.
Martsuia Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016
Oh why? How'd your day go?
Martsuia Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well you see my computer is old and i have a drawing tablet right? i've have been wanting it to work on this computer for a long time and suddenly IT WORKED! And then after that Blender, a 3D software didnt work on my computer before but now IT WORKED ALSO! And now i think its a miracle! Anyways you sir
have a great day!
NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016
Ah cool, had that happen to me a couple times too. What ya gonna do with the 3D software?
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KaenBlue Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016
That was so uncall ya know
Martsuia Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg im so sorry.
Lyle127A Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Women-in-arm is RAMPAGING!!!:sparta:
ghostontheshell Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow I've never herd of her! But I really liked her story. And I was wondering' did the story's of amazonians started with her? .And one last thing I wish there was a movie of her cause her story looks intresting :)
Miss-Niles Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2017
No. Oh God, no. Eleanor of Aquitaine was a real person from the Common Era/CE history of England. The Amazons were a tribe of warrior women in Greek Mythology, featured in one of the 12 labors of Heracles and are theorized to have been inspired by Scythian women, so they were conceptualized Before Common Era/BCE. They were a thing centuries upon centuries before Eleanor even existed who, need I remind you, was a real friggin' person and has no place in a series on mythology rather than history.

And there are a crapton of movies that feature Eleanor of Aquitaine: so here. Learn a thing.
Devirose81 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016
Fav! Wow!
Crakower Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016   Digital Artist
Hey i live in Aquitaine!!! :D
Levghast Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015
Awesome drawing, as cool as your Joan of Arc. Your drawing style is really awesome, keep up the good work ! :)
daftpunky Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015
Excellent work sir!
Doglover123456 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015
very sexy :-)

and great drawing or is it painting? skill
Zousha Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
There was also a rumor that she'd seduced Saladin during the Second Crusade...which was nonsense, since he would have been about twelve at the time.
theotherskeleton Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015
Back in the 12th century, twelve didn't mean what it means now. There's a possibility there. Just saying... :shifty: 
hobbitshire Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015
Lovely image. Good use of contrasting colors, from the black armour at her feet, to her golden armor, and red hair, and finally the roiling clouds in the background. A lot of fine detail encompassing the whole image.
Caine-of-Nod Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Fascinating History, Super Sexy Armor and Lady, and Wicked Sword; Gorgeous and Stunning Artwork!!!:) (Smile) :D (Big Grin) =P (Razz) Wink/Razz :o (Eek) Meow :3 ;) (Wink) Love Heart Clap La la la la Nod :happybounce: I think I've fainted. Singing B-) (Cool) Popcorn #1 Worship Blush OMG Shocked Horny! Drool Happy cry (Tears of joy) :eager: by darkmoon3636 OMG! omfg O_oBoogie!  OMG MOAR POEMS! :squee: Judge Winner +favlove deviantART DeviantArt I love deviantART! deviantART P.S. I never knew about her fighting anywhere. I always just blamed her for marrying the English and helping being one of the causes of the Hundred Years' War.Sweating a little... 
HideTheDecay Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, so I don't care that you emphasized the butt, but it's impossible for the material to be both in her crack and stretching over it at once. It just looks silly. The only way that would even be possible is if there were bubbles in the material and they were suctioned into her crack, hahaha.
Qsy-and-Acchan Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
the amazon part is greatly disputed by historians
understand by that that it's almost certainly bullshit
Aesara-Dayne Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
What a nice surprise that you did this lovely illustration! She's one of my favourite historical figures. :)
EmperorKarino Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome job. looks great, and good job with all the historic information.
spacewolflord Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015
History is full of interesting people.
Thank you for sharing.
lizleeillustration Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015  Professional General Artist
She is one of my ancestors. Pretty cool that someone drew her.
Z3noSky Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome like always :D
That is one badass female
The outfit isn't quite fitting of the period or nationality, but who cares? It's badass
Speaking of which, can i ask why do you always sexify your female characters
No complaining, just asking
GENZOMAN Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015
There is a lot of accurate/historical depictions out there.
Also I love the work of people like Frank Frazetta and pulp pinups :)
No issue here with nudes (male or female) or sexy characters (again, male or female)
sorrowscythe Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
cool armor design. you mind if i use it as a study material to improve my armor design?
GENZOMAN Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015
Sure! go ahead :)
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