Grumpy Eleanor of Aquitaine
Her Facebook motto is: “You’d be grumpy too if you had to endure my family”.
And so begins a witty and clever Facebook page, authored by a sardonic Eleanor of Aquitaine. It’s as if Eleanor was suddenly transported to modern times, yet still dropping tidbits into her own life and medieval times. If Eleanor were alive today, she would be writing this Facebook page. I do wonder though among her contemporaries and successors who she would invite to “friend” her.
She heartily dislikes her first husband’s family, the Capets, and pokes fun at them at every turn. She is bitingly droll regarding her second husband, Henry, and her Devil’s Brood by him. Her photos and captions are hysterical. Her observations of both modern and medieval life are twisted and funny.
Here are a few of her most recent delightful postings…
I have been consulting with my fellow dead monarch, and Richard III assures me he doesn’t mind where he’s buried, just so long as it isn’t next to Shakespeare.
Today is the 810th anniversary of Baldwin of Flanders being crowned Emperor in Constantinople. Meanwhile, John was losing Normandy. This is what happens when I leave the Angevin Empire unattended.
I would celebrate Mother’s Day, but my family’s gatherings tend to go wrong faster than you can say ‘partible inheritance’.
At Easter in 1146 Louis and I decided to go on crusade. Worst. Vacation. Ever.
Warning: Don’t believe everything you read as I do not believe the page strives for historical accuracy, but it’s not far off the mark, once you read past the mockery. I also believe it is written mainly in jest with her tongue firmly planted in her cheek. I think.
If you know your Eleanor, you will laugh at her postings. It helps to have a passing knowledge of the woman and her times to get the many inside jokes.
Please like this page. Eleanor is not a prolific poster, but when she does, you will be amused.