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What Big History Says About How Royal Women Exercise Power

Across time and place, royal women wielded power in remarkably similar ways, building political agency on a par with kings

Aeon Magazine
Jul 16, 2019 · 6 min read
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Power behind the throne. The tomb of Eleanor of Aquitaine alongside Henry II of England in the church at Fontevraud Abbey in Anjou, France. Photo: Martin Cooper/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

By Laura Spinney

leanor of Aquitaine is often portrayed as one of the most powerful queens in history. Wife, mother and counsellor of…

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