|“||My loyal soldiers will this very day lay siege upon our common foe!||”|
|— The Queen, notifying upon her attack|
The Queen is an opponent of Stronghold 2's deluxe version. She is available only in the Kingmaker mode and does not appear anywhere in the campaigns' plot. It is believed that she is the wife of The King, but there is no other details are revealed about her.
She is the loving mother King Richard, the Lionheart. She was one of the supporters and benefactors who helped funded the first and second crusades. She was a very smart and brilliant as she as one of the wealthiest and most powerful women in western Europe during the High Middle Ages and a member of the Ramnulfid dynasty of rulers in southwestern France. She became Duchess of Aquitainaine her own right while she was still a child, then later Queen consort of France (1137–1152) and of England (1154–1189). She was the patron of literary figures such as Wace, Benoît de Sainte-Maure, and Bernart de Ventadorn. Over the next thirteen years, she bore Henry eight children: five sons, three of whom would become kings; and three daughters. However, Henry and Eleanor eventually became estranged. Henry imprisoned her in 1173 for supporting her son Henry's revolt against her husband, and she was not released until 1189 when Henry died (on 6 July), and their son ascended the English throne as Richard I.
She is an old, yet strong and sturdy woman. She wears a golden jeweled crown and metal armor (odd, since she is so old but still wears armor). She wields an iron sword. When she was younger noble men and onlookers praise Eleanor's beauty. Even in an era when ladies of the nobility were excessively praised, their praise of her was undoubtedly sincere. When she was young, she was described as perpulchra – more than beautiful. Now, an old lady, still retains the beauty and finesse of any Queen.
The Queen is the second strongest enemy in the game, only weaker to Lord Barclay. She is both strong in offense and defense, as well as in maintaining her economy. She prefers to use a small variety of troops, both mercenaries and units from the Barracks.
Her economy is very productive and based on iron and ale. It features all food types, most raw materials and a combination of pigs, vegetables and wine for the lord's kitchen. Later a church is built to provide a steady amount of honor from masses. She buys in wheat for mills and swords for faster recruitment.
The Queen builds castles ranging from middle to big size. She stations archers and ballistae on most towers with a help of a mangonel. Some swordsmen guard the entrance of the keep and strategic places. Rolling logs are mounted on longer wall sections against enemy laddermen
This lady can quickly gather a mobile and deadly force for harassment. She brings a dozen horse archers and several catapults to bring down the enemy opposition. Since horse archers fire fast and accurately, it is a must to have a large force to contain the problem. Wipe them out with melee troops to force them to stop and fight, where they are vulnerable to missile fire.
Her attack force consists of a highly effective mixture of troops. Archers will try to soften up defenses while berserkers seek their way inside the enemy ranks to clean the way to the decisive swordsmen squads. From the siege camp 6-10 catapults, a cat and a battering ram will move out to help the infantry. A mixture of crossbowmen and archers could deflect the attack, but else, this force can cause ''massive destruction''.
For the Queen's quotes, see: ''The Queen/Quotes
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