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Leonora, Queen of Castile

Leonora, Queen of Castile

Female 1162 - 1214  (52 years)

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  • Name Leonora, Queen of Castile 
    Born 13 Oct 1162  Domfront Castle, Normandy Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 31 Oct 1214 
    Person ID I30165  Lucius
    Last Modified 16 May 2005 

    Father Henry Plantagent II "Curtmantle", King of England,   b. 5 Mar 1133, Le Mans, Sarthe, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 1189, Chinon, Indre-Et-Loire, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Mother Eleanore of Poitou, Princess of Aquitaine,   b. 1122, Chateau de Belin, Gironde, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Mar 1204, Mirabell Castle, Tarn-et-Garonne, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 11 May 1152  Bordeaux, Gironde, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F10070  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Alfonso VIII, King of Castile,   b. 11 Nov 1155,   d. 5 Oct 1214  (Age 58 years) 
     1. Berenguela of Castile,   b. 1180,   d. 118/1246  (Age 66 years)
    Family ID F12734  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Leonora of Aquitaine (October 13, 1162 - October 31, 1214), was born as Princess Eleanor of England and became Leonora, Queen of Castile.

      She was born in Domfront Castle, Normandy. She was the seventh child and second daughter of King Henry II of England and his wife Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. Her godfather was the chronicler Robert of Torigny, who had a special interest in her and recorded her life as best he could.

      Eleanor was a younger maternal half-sister of Marie de Champagne and Alix of France. She was a younger sister of William, Count of Poitiers, Henry the Young King, Matilda of England, Richard I of England and Geoffrey II, Duke of Brittany. She was also an older sister of Joan Plantagenet and John of England.

      When she was eight years old, in 1170, she was married to King Alfonso VIII of Castile. The marriage was arranged to secure the Pyrennean border, with Gascony offered as her dowry.

      They had 12 children:

      1. Berenguela, Queen of Castile (1180-1244)
      2. Sancho of Castile (1181-1181)
      3. Sancha of Castile (1182-1184?)
      4. Mafalda of Castile (1183?-1204)
      5. Urraca of Castile (1186-1220), married King Alfonso II of Portugal
      6. Blanca of Castile (1188-1252), married King Louis VIII of France
      7. Fernando of Castile (1189-1211)
      8. Constance of Castile (1196?-late 1190's)
      9. Leonor of Castile (1200-1244), married King James I of Aragon
      10. Constanza, nun at Las Huelgas (1203?-1243)
      11. Henry I, King of Castile (1204-1217).

      Of all Eleanor of Aquitaine's daughters, her namesake Eleanor (who was called Leonor by her Spanish subjects) best inherited her mother's political influence. She reigned alongside her husband, who specified in his will that she was to rule alongside their son in the event of his death. It was she who persuaded him to marry their daughter Berenguela to the king of Leon in the interest of peace.

      When Alfonso died, his queen was reportedly so devastated with grief that she was unable to preside over the burial. Their daughter Berenguela instead performed these honors. Leonora then took sick and died only twenty-eight days after her husband, and was buried at Abbey de las Huelgas, in Burgos.