The Perry-Poole Family Tree - Person Sheet
The Perry-Poole Family Tree - Person Sheet
NameEleanor (Leanora) of England and Aquitaine
Birth13 Oct 1162, Domfront Castle, Normandy, France
Death31 Oct 1214
BurialAbbey de las Huelgas, Burgos, Spain
Misc. Notes
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 born in Domfront Castle, Normandy. She was the seventh child and second daughter of King Henry II of England and his wife Queen Alienor. Her godfather was the chronicler Robert of Torigny, who had a special interest in her and recorded her life as best he could. She received her first name as namesake of her mother, who apparently was the first Alienor (Eleanor) ever.

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.
Birth11 Nov 1155
Death5 Oct 1214
MotherBlanca of Navarre (~1134-1156)
ChildrenBerenguela (1180-1246)
 Urraca (1186-1220)
 Blanche (1188-1252)
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