Eleonora,
een Engelse prinses

in Deventer

Exhibition at the Broederenkerk in Deventer

The Broederenkerk in Deventer will host the exhibition "Eleonora, an English Princess in Deventer" from June 19 to September 15, 2024.

Eleonora and Reinald II, miniature from the 'Taymouth Hours' - 1325 - 1335

Eleonora,
Een engelse prinses
in Deventer

Exhibition at the Broederenkerk in Deventer

The Broederenkerk in Deventer will host the exhibition "Eleonora, an English Princess in Deventer" from June 19 to September 15, 2024.

Eleonora and Reinald II, miniature from the 'Taymouth Hours' - 1325 - 1335

Eleonora

Eleonora, daughter of the English king Edward II, born 1318 at Woodstock, died 1355 at Deventer. She came to Nijmegen in 1332, aged 13, to marry Reinald II, count of Gelre. The political marriage came about by order of her brother, King Edward III.
In 1339, Gelre officially became a duchy, and Eleonora was given the title "Duchess of Gelre.

With Deventer she acquired a special bond. In the years 1335 - 1338 she made possible the expansion of the already existing monastery of the Friars Minor by the foundation of a monumental church: the present Broederenkerk.
In 1343 the Duke of Gelre, Reinald II, died suddenly and Eleonora became regent over both her sons, the heir Reinald and his brother Edward. The succession leads to a fierce battle in Gelre, with which Eleonora could not interfere.
The last years of her life she retreated to the monastery in Deventer. She died there in 1355, only 37 years old. She received her final resting place in the Broederenkerk. Her tombstone is still there.

Eleonora

Eleonora, daughter of the English king Edward II, born 1318 at Woodstock, died 1355 at Deventer. She came to Nijmegen in 1332, aged 13, to marry Reinald II, count of Gelre. The political marriage came about by order of her brother, King Edward III.
In 1339, Gelre officially became a duchy, and Eleonora was given the title "Duchess of Gelre.

With Deventer she acquired a special bond. In the years 1335 - 1338 she made possible the expansion of the already existing monastery of the Friars Minor by the foundation of a monumental church: the present Broederenkerk.
In 1343 the Duke of Gelre, Reinald II, died suddenly and Eleonora became regent over both her sons, the heir Reinald and his brother Edward. The succession leads to a fierce battle in Gelre, with which Eleonora could not interfere.
The last years of her life she retreated to the monastery in Deventer. She died there in 1355, only 37 years old. She received her final resting place in the Broederenkerk. Her tombstone is still there.

The story of Eleonora

The exhibition "Eleonora, an English princess in Deventer" in the Broederenkerk in Deventer tells the special story about Eleonora, in relation to the history of the church and the city. Who was she, who were her parents, who was her Gelderlander husband, who were her two children? How was her crossing from England to Gelre in 1332? Why did she stay at Deventer and was buried there? How could a 13-year-old English princess marry a 37-year-old count from Gelre? Did she fulfill her political duty to marry by giving birth to a first son as a 14-year-old (and a second son three years later)? How did she stand her ground in an environment of intrigue and slander? What role did the Catholic faith play in her life?

Why did Eleonora remain in full view even after her death? Among others, Joost van den Vondel, A.C.W. Staring, Multatuli, Jacob van Lennep and P.C. Boutens wrote about her. In 2023, Agave Kruijssen published the historical novel 'Leonora'.

Broederenkerk Deventer

Interior Broederenkerk

Exhibition at the Broederenkerk

Exhibition
in de
Broederenkerk

The exhibition "Eleonora, an English princess in Deventer" will take place from June 19 to September 15, 2024 in the Broederenkerk founded by Eleonora, on Broederenstraat in Deventer. Starting and ending point of the exhibition is Eleonora's tombstone, which also includes a reconstruction of the 1355 stone.

Based on some 30 large slides, A0 size, Eleonora's extraordinary life story is shown, with informative captions and sound clips via QR codes.

In addition to the exhibition, of course, the Broederenkerk itself can also be visited.

The church is now the parish church of St. Lebuinus Parish. Also part of the parish are the churches dedicated to St. Nicholas in Schalkhaar and Lettele, and the churches in Boskamp, Boerhaar and Wijhe.

Admission to the exhibition and the Broederenkerk is free.

'Eleonora, an English princess in Deventer' is made possible in part thanks to:

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Eleonora, an English princess in Deventer

Exhibition Broederenkerk

Broederenstraat 18 - 7411 LB Deventer

June 19 to September 15, 2024


Opening hours:
Wednesday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday, July 7 & 14 , Aug. 4, Sept. 1 & 15
12 p.m. – 17 p.m.

Admission free

iedere donderdag en vrijdag
Gratis rondleiding
van 14.00 - 15.00
(reserveren niet nodig)

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