“It soon became very clear to Eleanor that while she remained single she would be at the mercy of fortune hunters. Twice, as she was making her way to Poiters, would-be suitors, with covetous eyes on her vast inheritance, attempted to abduct her. At Blois the future Count Theobald V was plotting to seize her on the night of 21 March 1152; forewarned in time, and protected by her escort, she was forced to flee under cover of darkness, taking a barge along the Loire towards Tours. Farther south, at Port des Piles, near the River Creuse, where she intended to make a crossing, Geoffrey of Anjou, younger brother of Henry, lay in wait for her. Again she received a warning from ‘her good angel’ — possibly a member of her escort — and narrowly evaded capture, swinging south to where she could ford the River Vienne and, avoiding the main roads, make a dash ‘by another way’ for Poiters.”
Eleanor of Aquitaine by Alison Weir.