These great monarchs were buried in the abbey church at Fontevraud, 15 miles NW from Richelieu. Henry / Henri and Eleanor / Alienor, father and mother of King Richard I 'the Lionheart', Robin Hood's absent true king of England, and his brother 'bad' King John, the hero of the Magna Carta of 1215 limiting the power of the English Monarchy; all three men Kings of England, but vassals of the King of France on the continent. French speaking members of the Plantagenet dynasty who ran their huge domain from Chinon castle.
Richard I at Westminster
The abbey had a very noble pedigree and was always administered by an abbess during the ancien regime. The inconvenient or devout daughters and dowagers of the high nobles of France filled its echoing corridors up to 1789.
After that it became a notorious Napoleonic high security prison with many famous inmates, even the recent well-known writer Jean Genet
It has now been restored in its entirety and yearns for a multitude of sweet new novices to fill its immaculate rooms. But the daughters of today's celebrities prefer clubbing in Ibiza, Mustique and Dubai!
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