World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Eleanor of Castile (died 1244)

Article Id: WHEBN0021551330
Reproduction Date:

Title: Eleanor of Castile (died 1244)  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Eleanor of Castile (disambiguation), James I of Aragon, Alfonso VIII of Castile, Eleanor of England, Queen of Castile, Violant of Hungary
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Eleanor of Castile (died 1244)

"Eleanor of Castile, Queen of Aragon" redirects here. For the later Queen of Aragon by that same name, see Eleanor of Castile (1307–1359).
For other people named Eleanor of Castile, see Eleanor of Castile (disambiguation).
Eleanor of Castile
Queen consort of Aragon
Tenure 6 February 1221 – April 1229
Spouse James I of Aragon
Issue
Infante Alfonso
House House of Burgundy
Father Alfonso VIII of Castile
Mother Eleanor of England
Born  ?
Died 1244
Las Huelgas near Burgos
Religion Roman Catholicism

Eleanor of Castile (?[1][2] –1244) was a daughter of Alfonso VIII of Castile and Eleanor of England. She was queen consort of Aragon by her arranged marriage to James I of Aragon.

Family

Her mother Eleanor was a daughter of Henry II of England and his wife, Duchess Eleanor of Aquitaine. Her father was a son of Sancho III of Castile and Blanche of Navarre (d. 1156); Blanche was a daughter of García Ramírez of Navarre. Eleanor's sister, Berengaria became Queen of Castile since their brother, Henry I of Castile died with no issue and because Berengaria was the eldest of the daughters. Another sister, Blanche became Queen of France by her marriage to Louis VIII of France.

Marriage

In 1221 at Ágreda, Eleanor married James I; she was nineteen and he was fourteen. The next six years of James's reign were full of rebellions on the part of the nobles. By the Peace of Alcalá of 31 March 1227, the nobles and the king came to terms. The pair were married for political reasons rather than love.

The marriage produced one son:

  • Alfonso of Aragon, married Constance of Montcada, Countess of Bigorre.

When the marriage was annulled in 1230, Alfonso was declared legitimate but his half siblings by James's second wife Violant of Hungary inherited James's kingdom when he died.

Later life

Eleanor became a nun after her marriage, she went to the Abbey of Santa María la Real de Las Huelgas with her elder sister Berengaria of Castile who had retired from ruling Castile and Leon. Both sisters died there, Eleanor died in 1244 and Berengaria died two years later. Both sisters are buried in the Abbey.

Burial

After her death, the corpse of Queen Eleanor of Castile was buried in Monastery of Las Huelgas in Burgos.

Her remains were deposited in a tomb which is now placed in the Nave of Santa Catarina or the Gospel, and lies between containing the remains of the infant Philip of Castile, son Sancho IV el Bravo and queen Maria de Molina, which is placed to the right, and containing the remains of the infant Peter of Castile, brother of the former, who died on June 25 of 1319 in the disaster Vega de Granada.

During the examination of the monastery of the strikes carried out in the middle of the twentieth century found that the remains of Queen Eleanor, mummified and in good condition, lay in her tomb of limestone, the roof had two slopes and was smooth, although in the past was polychrome.

The coffin in which were the remains of the queen, whose mummy estaura measured 1'60 metres and was with his hands crossed on her chest, was wooden and devoid of cover, although there were still remnants of its shell and lysed cross made of gold braid studded, as well as clothing that was buried with the Queen, among which highlighted three of brocade garments in Arabic, which in the opinion of Manuel Gómez Moreno are similar to those found in the grave of the infant Philip of Castile, son Ferdinand III, who was buried in the Church of Santa María la Blanca de Sirga Villalcázar.

Ancestry

References

See also

Eleanor of Castile
Cadet branch of the Anscarids
Born: circa 1202 Died: circa 1244
Royal titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Marie of Montpellier
Queen consort of Aragon
1221–1229
Vacant
Title next held by
Violant of Hungary
Countess consort of Barcelona, Girona, Osona and Besalú
1221–1229
Vacant
Title last held by
Agnes
Lady of Montpellier; Viscountess of Carlat, in Auvergne, and Baroness of Aumelas
1221–1229
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.