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Page 8 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 10, 2015 THOUGHTS BY DAN ABOUT THIS 8< THAT with Daniel A. DiCenso ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE (I 122-1204): The First Modem Woman She was the most beauti- ful heiress in her day. She was a savvy aristocrat that stood her own with some of the most powerful royalty in France, and proved a fierce warrior. But Eleanor of Aquitaine turned heads and often scandalized feudal France. Of course, what angered the French nobility is pre- cisely what makes her such a fascinating figure to con- temporary historians. She was one of the first women to not only fund a war, but also fight in one. Her claim to fame, though, was also a blotch in her legacy. The Second Crusade proved a di- saster and the army of her first husband, Louis VII, suf- fered tremendous casualties at the hands of the Turks. This was hardly Eleanor's fault. In 1141 she had sup- plied Abb6 Bernard thou- sands of military vassals and, though she stood by her husband in the Crusade, supporting the original in- tention of recapturing the city of Edessa, she foresaw the fatal error of King Louis' path toward Jerusalem. Her calculations proved correct and the King's army was slaughtered by the thou- sands near Mount Cadmos in an ambush. Disguised in a tunic, King Louis VII es- caped with his life but with a lot of explaining to do. Eleanor's greatest loss in the battle was that of her uncle Raymond who had tried to steer the army in the right direction, but was overridden by King Louis. An ill-tempered man who put pride above all else, King Louis was not about to let his reputation among the French royalty be tarnished so he placed the blame indi- rectly =on his wife (criticizing the actions of one of her vas- sals), while also fighting to preserve their marriageFAt the time, because of the King's influence in France, many historians and scribes took his account, accusing Eleanor of slowing down the army and its lack of prepared- ness. By the late 1100s, the pristine putation of Eleanor of Aquitaine-was beginning to diminish in France. The aftermath of the Sec- ond Crusade was the begi n - ning of the end for Eleanor of Aquitaine and Louis II. They bore two daughtexstut the commitment was over. Te King himself saw as rich and in 1152 conceded to divorce. An annulment was granted in March of'that year by Archbishop Hugues de Toucy. That same year she remarried Henry Duke of NOrmandy in a quiet unceremonious ritual. With him she had five sons {something she couldn't give Henry VII, much to his cha- grin and something that led to their marriage annul- ment) and three daughters. History has been kind to Eleanor of Aquitaine and she remains one of the few fig- ures who were controversial in their day but have been vindicated by time. If noth- ing else, everything that Eleanor of Aquitaine did was unprecedented in her day. She was already a much de- sired heiress before her marriage to Louis VII, but it was after their marriage that she made history. In a time when women of royal blood were relegated to the court, she was actively in- volved in blueprinting the direction of the Second Cru- sade and had her husband followed her advice, he may have avoided a massacre. At the very least, history has proven her to be a sound military strategist, a topic woman were not allowed to venture in. The turbulence of her first marriage (after the failed Crusade, she and Louis VII sailed back to France on separate ships, still hostile over the turnout) is testamenLto her strong will and free-spirit. If there was one'woman who braved te .scand| and=stigma at- tached to divorce it was Eleanor of Aquitaine and her noble lineage continued after her second marriage. Almost as if in accordance with her groundbreaking life, she lived to an unusu- ally old age for her time, dy- ing ha 1204 at the age of 82, well into the political careers of her children. Her legacy was secure. I DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given by TODISCO TOWING OF 94 CONDOR STREET, EAST BOSTON, MA pursuant to the provisions of Mass G.L. c 255, Section 39A that they will sell the following vehicles. Vehicles are being sold to satisfy their garage keeper's lien for towing, storage and notices of sale: 2007 GMC SIERRA VIN #1GTEK19Y17Z641551 2003 DODGE RAM PICKUP VIN #1D7HU18N63J537599 2004 CADDILAC DEVILLE VIN #1G6KD54YX4U152430 2003 AUDI A4 VIN #WAUJC68E43A282525 2002 NISSAN MAXIMA VIN #JN1DA31D72T449426 2001 HONDA ACCORD VIN #JHMCG665XIC004084 2001 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE VIN #4A3AE85H71 E114369 1998 MITSUBISHI MIRAGE VIN #JA3AY26AXWU028316 The above vehicles will be sold at auction online only at TOWLOT.COM TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2015 at 10:00AM at towlot.com RUrT dates: 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 2015 Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston Announces its 47 t" Annual Summer Season: Guys and Dolls - Kiss Me, Kate and Wonderful Town Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston announces three Tony Award-winning musicals for its 47 th con- secutive summer season at the Robinson Theatre, 617 Lexington Street. Wal- tham, MA: Guys and Dolls, Frank Loesser's romantic comedy that demonstrates the great lengths to which a guy will go when he truly falls in love with a "doll" opens the season June 11-21. Ki, Me, Kate, a play within a play that recounts the backstage and onstage antics of two feuding romantic couples during a touring musical pro- duction of The Taming of the Shrew, runs July 9-19. The season closes with Wonder- ful Town from August 6-16, the timeless story of the ad- ventures and romantic mis- haps of two sisters from Co- lumbus, QH, who move to New Yot]-:ity in the mid- '30s to seek their fame and fortune. "We are delighted to an- nounce our. 47 th Annual Summer Season," said Rob- ert Eagle, f0nderand pro- ducing artisticdirector of the long=running Regional Theater Company known for welcoming Broadway stars alongside regional talent. "The caliber of Broadway tal- ent this summer will truly be thrilling. From Directors David Hugo, Cynthia Thole and Choreographer Eileen Grace back-stage, to Broad- way stars Rachel York, Sa- rah Pfisterer, Rick Hilsabeck and Brent Barrett on-stage, Reagle is raising the bar once again. All three of this summer's shows will truly bring "Broadway to your door- step, at prices Broadway hasn't seen in years." GUYS AND DOLLS - June 11-21, 2015 Set in Damon Runyon's jubilant, shimmering New York City, this Tony Award- winning musical about gangsters, showgirls, and mission workers stars Olivier Award nominee Brent Barrett as Sky Masterson (Broadway's Chi- cago, PBS's Kiss Me, Kate) and opera singer Mara Bonde as Sarah Brown (The Boston Pops). Sparks fly and chaos erupts when a slick gambler is challenged to take an up- tight Salvation Army girl to Havana on a bet to. finance "The Oldest Established Per- manent Floating Crap Game in New York." Directed by Broadway veteran David Hugo (Les Miserables). Guys and Dolls, a musical fable of Broadway, is based on a story and characters of Damon Runyon; Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser, Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. Guys and Dolls is presented through special arrange- ment with Music Theatre International (MTI). KISS ME, KATE - July 9-19, 2015 Starring Broadway's Sarah Pfisterer as Lilli Vanessi/ Kate (The Phantom of the Opera, Reagle's The Music Man) and Rick Hilsabeek as Fred Graham/ Petruchio (Billy Elliot, Reagle's My Fair Lady), Cole Porter's hilarious musical recounts the mad- cap backstage and onstage antics of two feuding couples during a production of The Taming of the Shrew. Dir- ected by Broadway veteran Cynthia Thole (Me and My Girl-]. Music and Lyrle by Cole Porter, Book by Sam and Bella Spewack. WONDERFUL TOWN August 6-16, 2015 ::The Big Apple comes to Waltham in Leonard Bern- ste!n's rhythmic and soar- ing musical comedy, star- ring Drama Desk Award win- tier Rachel Ycrk as Ruth Sherwood (Broadway's Victor/ Victoria, PBS's Ks Me, Kate, Reagle's Hello, Dollyl). The Tony, Award-winning musi- cal comedy centers around the sassy and brassy Ruth Sherwood and her demure sister who move from Ohio to New York to fulfill their dreams! Directed by Broad- way veteran David Hugo (Les Miserables) and choreo- graphed by Eileen Grace (42 "d Street, Will Rogers Follies and the Radio City Rockettes). Book by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov (Based upon the play My Sister Eileen by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov and the stories of Ruth McKenney); Music by Leonard Bernstein; Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolf Green; Sketches for What a Waste by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. To purchase tickets or for more information, visi www. reaglemusictheatre.com, call 781-891-5600, or visit the theater box office at 617 Lexington St, Waltham, MA, 02452. Hours of opera- tion are Monday through Fri- day from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, Saturdays 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, with extended hours from 9:00 am to cur- tain on performance days. WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM