Ellie Wood Keith Genealogy

Alienor of England

Alienor of England[1]

Female 1161 - 1214  (~ 52 years)

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  • Name Alienor of England 
    Born Sep 1161  Domfront, Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    History Source :
    "Eleanor of England (known in Castilian as Leonor) (13 October 1162 \endash 31 October 1214) was Queen of Castile and Toledo as wife of Alfonso VIII of Castile. She was a daughter of Henry II of England and his wife, Duchess Eleanor of Aquitaine.

    Early life
    Eleanor was born in the castle at Domfront, Normandy, and was baptised by Henry of Marcy. She was the sixth child and second daughter of King Henry II and Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine. She received her first name as a namesake of her mother, whose name "Eleanor" (or Alienor) had previously been unrecorded though may have been related to the Greek Helen or the Italian Elena. Another view holds that in the Occitan language, Eleanor simply meant "the other Aenor," since Eleanor of Aquitaine was named for her mother, called Aenor.

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

    Marriage
    When she was 14 years old, before 17 September 1177, she was married to King Alfonso VIII of Castile in Burgos. The marriage was arranged to secure the Pyreneean border, with Gascony offered as her dowry.
    Of all Eleanor of Aquitaine's daughters, her namesake Eleanor best inherited her mother's political influence. She was almost as powerful as 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 Berengaria 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 eldest daughter, Berengaria, instead performed these honours. Eleanor then took sick and died only twenty-eight days after her husband, and was buried at Las Huelgas Abbey in Burgos.
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    Died 1214  at age 53 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Las Huelgas Abbey, Burgos, Castille, Espagne Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I202  Ellie Wood Keith
    Last Modified 13 May 2017 

    Father King Henri II of England Plantagenet, Duc of Normandie,   b. 5 Mar, 1133, Le Mans, Pays-De-Loire, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul, 1189, Chinon, Pays De Loire, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Mother Alienor D'Aquitaine de Guyenne, Queen of England,   b. 1122-1124, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr, 1204, Poitiers, Poitou-Charentes, France age 82 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Family ID F96  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family King Alphonse VIII De Castille,   b. 11 Nov, 1155, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Oct, 1214, Spain, age 58 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Infanta Dona Berenguela de Castille,   b. 1180, Burgos, Castille, Espagne Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Nov, 1246, Las Huelgas, Burgos, Castille, Espagne, age 66 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    Last Modified 12 May 2017 
    Family ID F95  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Ailenor (Eleanor) of Aquitaine
    Ailenor (Eleanor) of Aquitaine

  • Sources 
    1. [S14] BBC, http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/eleanor_of_aquitaine.shtml.

    2. [S13] Genealogy-Knights from Continental Europe to England'Ireland, Patrick R. Knight, (http://knight-france.com/geneal/names/1336.htm), http://knight-france.com/geneal/names/536.htm.