One of the greatest figures in the promotion of the chivalric ideal was Eleanor of Aquitaine. Eleanor’s interest in the poetry of courtly love and its ideals was shared by her daughters, Marie of Champagne, and together they reigned over the courts of love at Poitiers, Eleanor’s court. To encourage the development of chivalry and courtly love, Eleanor became a patroness of the bourgeoning art of courtly love, and she offered financial support to troubadours who visited her court and celebrated these ideals.
The Emergence of the Chivalric Code
image: The Accolade, by Edmund Blair Leighton

One of the greatest figures in the promotion of the chivalric ideal was Eleanor of Aquitaine. Eleanor’s interest in the poetry of courtly love and its ideals was shared by her daughters, Marie of Champagne, and together they reigned over the courts of love at Poitiers, Eleanor’s court. To encourage the development of chivalry and courtly love, Eleanor became a patroness of the bourgeoning art of courtly love, and she offered financial support to troubadours who visited her court and celebrated these ideals.

The Emergence of the Chivalric Code

image: The Accolade, by Edmund Blair Leighton