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ABBEY OF FONTEVRAUD
ABBEY OF FONTEVRAUD
ABBEY OF FONTEVRAUD
ABBEY OF FONTEVRAUD
ABBEY OF FONTEVRAUD
ABBEY OF FONTEVRAUD
ABBEY OF FONTEVRAUD
ABBEY OF FONTEVRAUD
ABBEY OF FONTEVRAUD
ABBEY OF FONTEVRAUD

 

The Plantagenet dynasty and Fontevraud

Founded in 1101 by Robert d’Arbrissel, the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud is characterised by its two Orders, and is governed by women. Situated at the heart of Richard the Lion-heart’s empire, Eleanor of Aquitaine spent her last days here.

The Plantagenet kings
Today, the abbey church houses four polychrome recumbent figures representing the Plantagenet sovereigns, the counts of Anjou, and benefactors of the Abbey of Fontevraud in the 12th century. Eleanor of Aquitaine lies alongside Henri II, the Plantagenet king, their son Richard the Lion-heart, and Isabella of Angoulême (the second wife of John Lackland) …

The Abbey church, royal necropolis of the Plantagenet
Built in the 12th century, the abbey church reflects the diverse origins of its designers. In 1906, the architect Lucien Magne restored a large part of the monument - in particular the cupolas that had been destroyed when the church became a central penitentiary.

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