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Leonora of Aquitaine (October 13, 1162 - October 31, 1214), was born as Princess Eleanor of England and became Leonora, Queen of Castile. October 13 is the 286th day of the year (287th in leap years). ... Events June 3 - Thomas Becket consecrated as Archbishop of Canterbury. ... October 31 is the 304th day of the year (305th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 61 days remaining, as the final day of October. ... Events Simon Apulia becomes Bishop of Exeter. ...


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. Normandy is a geographical region in northern France. ... Henry II of England, depicted in Cassells History of England, Century Edition, published circa 1902 Henry II (March 5, 1133 – July 6, 1189) ruled as Count of Anjou, Duke of Normandy, and as King of England (1154–1189) and, at various times, controlled parts of Wales, Scotland, eastern Ireland... Eleanor of Aquitaine Eleanor of Aquitaine (Bordeaux, France, c. ...


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. Marie de France, or Marie Capet, Countess of Champagne (1145 – March 11, 1198), was the elder daughter of Louis VII of France and his first wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine. ... Alix of France (1151 - 1197/1198) was the second daughter born to Louis VII of France by his first wife Eleanor of Aquitaine. ... William (August 17, 1153-1156) was the first child of Henry Plantagenet (later Henry II of England) and Eleanor of Aquitaine, strangely born on the same day that his fathers rival Eustace IV of Boulogne died. ... Henry, the Young King Henry the Young King (February 28, 1155–June 11, 1183) was the second of five sons of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine. ... Matilda of England (1156 - July 13, 1189), also known as Maud, was the eldest daughter of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine. ... Richard I (September 8, 1157 – April 6, 1199) was King of England from 1189 to 1199. ... Geoffrey Plantagenet (September 23, 1158 – August 19, 1186) was Duke of Brittany between 1181 and 1186, through his marriage with the heiress Constance. ... Joan Plantagenet (October, 1165 - 4 September 1199) was the eighth child of King Henry II of England and his Queen consort, Eleanor of Aquitaine. ... John (December 24, 1166–October 18/19, 1216) reigned as King of England from April 6, 1199, until his death. ...


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. Alfonso VIII (November 11, 1155 – October 5, 1214), king of Castile and grandson of Alfonso VII, is a great name in Spanish history, for he led the coalition of Christian princes and foreign crusaders who broke the power of the Almohades at the battle of the Navas de Tolosa in...


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. Berenguela (or Berengaria) ( 1180- November 8, 1246), was briefly queen of Castile and León. ... Afonso II of Portugal, known as the Fat, third king of Portugal, was born in Coimbra in April 23, 1185 and died in March 25, 1223 in the same city. ... Blanche of Castile (1188-1252), wife of Louis VIII of France, third daughter of Alfonso VIII, king of Castile, and of Eleanor of England, daughter of Henry II, was born at Palencia. ... Louis VIII the Lion (French: Louis VIII le Lion) (September 5, 1187 – November 8, 1226) reigned as King of France from 1223 to 1226. ... James I of Aragon (Catalan: Jaume I) (Montpellier February 2, 1208 - July 27, 1276), surnamed the Conqueror, was the king of Aragon, count of Barcelona and Lord of Montpellier from 1213 to 1276. ... Henry I of Castile, king of Castile and Leon, son of Alfonso VIII of Castile, and his wife Eleonor Plantegenet, (daughter of Henry II of England and Eleonor of Aquitaine), was born in 1204. ... Berenguela (or Berengaria) ( 1180- November 8, 1246), was briefly queen of Castile and León. ...


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.


Sources

  • Fraser, Antonia. The Middle Ages, A Royal History of England.
  • Rada Jiménez, Rodrigo. Historia de los hechos de España.
  • Wheeler, Bonnie. Eleanor of Aquitaine: Lord and Lady, 2002

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Leonora of England - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (357 words)
Queen Leonora (October 13, 1162 – October 31, 1214), was born as Princess Eleanor of England (and Aquitaine) and became Leonora, Queen of Castile as wife of Alfonso VIII.
She was the seventh child and second daughter of King Henry II of England and his wife Queen Alienor.
Leonora then took sick and died only twenty-eight days after her husband, and was buried at Abbey de las Huelgas, in Burgos.
NodeWorks - Encyclopedia: Queen Eleanor (246 words)
Eleanor of Aquitaine (~1122-1204), queen consort of France and queen consort of England: daughter of William X, Duke of Aquitaine; wife of Louis VII of France and Henry II of England; mother of Richard I of England and John of England
Leonora of Aquitaine (1161-1214), queen consort of Aragon (Spain), wife of Alfonso VIII of Castile; daughter of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine.
Eleanor of Castile (1202-1244), queen consort of Aragon (Spain); daughter of Alfonso VIII of Castile and Leonora of Aquitaine; wife of James I of Aragon
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