Aliénor - Episode 10: Impuissance
“Look at me, Henry! I have borne you sons, heirs to your kingdom that I built for you. You are nothing without me! And yet, you flaunt her as though she were your queen. You are a disgrace of a man. I may have loved you once, once when you were young Count Henry and I your Countess…now I see nothing but a fool of a man.”
“And yet I married a woman out of love, a woman of legend but now, I see nothing but a myth.”
The episode is set in 1174, Eleanor and Henry have been married for 23 years and she has recently been imprisoned for what will become 16 years. Henry has been flaunting his mistress, Rosamund Clifford (whom he began his liaison with in 1173). Around this time he contemplates a divorce from Eleanor, thus flaunting Rosamund in a attempt to provoke Eleanor into seeking an annulment, and who refuses to do so. This episode explores Eleanor and Henry’s relationship more deeply, examining the scars they have left one another with.