Cévert, François b. February 25, 1944 d. October 6, 1973 Auto Race Car Driver. He was born in Paris (France) and died in Watkins Glen (New York). After winning the French Formula 3 Championship in 1968, Cévert joined the Tecno Formula 2 team and finished third overall in 1969, driving in the F2 class of the German Grand Prix. In 1970, Tyrrell called upon Cévert to be his number two driver, alongside defending World Champion Stewart. Over the next four seasons, Cévert became the veteran Stewart's devoted protégé. He made his debut at the Dutch Grand...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cimetière de Vaudelnay, Vaudelnay, Departement de Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire, France
Isabella of Angoulême b. February 19, 1188 d. May 31, 1246 English royalty, Queen consort of King John. She was the only daughter of Aymer Taillefer, count of Angouleme and Alix de Courtenay. Isabelle was renowned for her beauty, and is sometimes called the "Helen" of the middle ages. She was betrothed to Hugh IX de Lusignan when John chose her to be his second wife. They were married on August 24, 1200, at Bordeaux, when she was only about 12. The marriage was probably not a very happy one, as Isabelle had a fiery character to match John's and the age...[Read More] (Bio by: Kristen Conrad) Fontevraud Abbey*, Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, Departement de Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire, France *This location is unconfirmed or in dispute.
Margaret of Anjou b. March 23, 1429 d. August 25, 1482 British Monarch. The Queen consort of King Henry VI, she was the daughter of Rene I, duke of Anjou and King of Naples and Sicily, and Isabella of Lorraine. She married Henry in 1445, and soon asserted her influence at court. She played a key role in the Wars of the Roses, leading Lancastrian forces in defense of her husband and only child Edward, Prince of Wales, and often devising grand strategies. She was learned and fierce, and devoted to hunting and reading. Upon the capture and death of...[Read More] (Bio by: Kristen Conrad) Cathedrale Saint-Maurice d'Angers, Angers, Departement de Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire, France
of Aquitaine, Eleanor [original burial site] b. 1123 d. April 1, 1204 French and English Monarch. Duchess and heiress of Aquitaine and Gascogne, Countess of Poitou. Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine inherited the duchy of Aquitaine from her father in 1137. In the same year, on July 25., she married Louis of France. The couple was very different., Louis had been raised at a monastery and was very calm and she was a woman of independent spirit. In 1147 they both joined the Crusade. During their stay in Antioch she was suspected to have a liaison with her uncle Raymond de...[Read More] (Bio by: Lutetia) Fontevraud Abbey, Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, Departement de Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire, France
Plantagenet II., Henry [original burial site] b. March 5, 1133 d. July 6, 1189 English Monarch. The son of Geoffrey V, Count of Anjou and Queen Matilda, Henry was born in LeMans France, and acceded the throne of England in 1154, where he was crowned on December 19. He was the first of the Angevin kings, and one of England's most effective monarchs. He refined the government and created a self-standing bureaucracy. Henry was ambitious, intelligent, and energetic, and it is said he spoke every language used in Europe, though it is unlikely he spoke English. He married...[Read More] (Bio by: Kristen Conrad) Fontevraud Abbey, Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, Departement de Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire, France
Plantagenet, Joan b. October 10, 1164 d. September 24, 1199 Princess of England, Queen of Sicily, Countess of Toulouse, youngest daughter of Henry II. and Eleanor of Aquitaine. She married the 12 years older William II. 'the Good' of Sicily on Feb. 13 1177. William died childless in 1189 and was succeeded by Tancred of Lecce who treated her badly and held her prisoner for a while. Her brother Richard stayed in Sicily for a few months on his way to the holy land during the third crusade. He was later joined by mother who brought his bride Berengaria of...[Read More] (Bio by: Lutetia) Fontevraud Abbey, Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, Departement de Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire, France
Richard I [original burial site] b. September 8, 1157 d. April 6, 1199 English Monarch, Duc d'Aquitaine. Born at Beaumont Palace, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, the third son of Henry II 'Curtmantle', King of England and Eleanor, Duchesse d'Aquitaine. He spent his youth in France at his mother's court at Poitiers training as a soldier and gained the title of Duc d'Aquitaine in 1172. He fought with his brothers Henry and Geoffrey in their rebellion against their father in 1173; he fought for his father against his brothers when they supported an 1183 revolt in...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Fontevraud Abbey, Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, Departement de Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire, France
Voisin, Gabriel b. February 5, 1880 d. December 25, 1973 Aviation Pioneer. Along with his brother Charles he formed the first aviation firm in the world, Les Frères Voisin, in 1906. Three years later he became the youngest Knight of the French Legion of Honor. After the First World War he left the aviation and become an automobile manufacturer. Voisin is also remembered for designing a miniature car, the Biscooter, thousands of which were produced in Spain during the 1950s as the Biscuter. Ironically, his brother Charles died in a car accident. (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cimetière de Villars, Le Villars, Departement de Saone-et-Loire, Bourgogne, France