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Infante Blanche De Navarre

Female 1177 - 1229  (52 years)


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  • Name Infante Blanche De Navarre 
    Born 1177  Navarre, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    History Source :
    "Blanche of Navarre (1170s-1229) was Countess-consort of Champagne, then Regent of Champagne, and finally also regent of her native kingdom of Navarre.

    Family
    She was the youngest daughter of Sancho VI of Navarre (d. 1194) and Sancha of Castile. Her maternal grandparents were Alfonso VII of Castile and Berenguela of Barcelona. Her eldest brother, Sancho VII of Navarre, succeeded their father as King of Navarre and was the last male descendant of the first dynasty of Kings of Navarre, the Pamplona dynasty, dying childless. Her brother, Ramiro of Navarre, was Bishop of Pamplona and her elder sister, Berengaria of Navarre, married Richard I of England and Aquitaine, the northern neighbour of their kingdom.

    Life
    Blanche married Count Theobald III of Champagne, who died young in 1201, leaving her pregnant. When she gave birth to a son, he immediately became Count Theobald IV of Champagne (1201\endash 53). Blanche ruled the county as regent until Theobald turned 21 in 1222. The regency was plagued by a number of difficulties. Blanche's brother-in-law, count Henry II had left behind a great deal of debt, which had not been paid off when Theobald III died.

    Furthermore, their son Theobald IV's right to the succession of Champagne was challenged by Henry's daughter Philippa and her husband, Erard I of Brienne, Count of Ramerupt and one of the more powerful Champagne nobles. The conflict with the Briennes broke into open warfare in 1215, in what became known as the Champagne War of Succession, and was not resolved until after Theobald came of age in 1222. At that time Theobald and Blanche bought out their rights for a substantial monetary payment. Blanche had also arranged the dowry of Henry II's elder daughter Alice of Champagne, when she married the young Hugh I of Cyprus. In the 1230s, in order to settle with Alice, Theobald IV had to sell his overlordship over the counties of Blois, Sancerre, and Chateaudun to Louis IX of France.

    Since some barons suspected Theobald for having a hand in the death of Louis VIII, Blanche of Castile withdrew his invitation to the coronation of Louis IX and proffered it to Blanche instead.

    Blanche also took over administration of the kingdom of Navarre when her brother Sancho VII went into retirement ("El Encerrado"). Blanche died in 1229, her brother in retirement remaining as King of Navarre and her son Theobald continuing as Count of Champagne. Their eldest sister, Berengaria of Navarre, Queen of England, died without issue in 1232, leaving Sancho as the sole surviving child of Sancho VI. When he died in 1234, Blanca's son Theobald IV of Champagne was recognised as the next King of Navarre. Theobald had married twice during Blanca's lifetime and had one daughter by his second wife, Blanche, by the time of Blanche of Navarre's death. However, he later had children by his third wife including Theobald II of Navarre and Henry I of Navarre."  [1
    Died 12-14 Mar, 1229  Champagne-Ardenne, France, age 52 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Eglise Saint-Elienne, Troyes, Champagne-Ardenne, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I259  Ellie Wood Keith
    Last Modified 14 May 2017 

    Father King Sancho VI Garces De Navarre,   b. 21 Apr, 1132, Navarre, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jun, 1194, Pampelune, Navarre, Spain, age 62 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Mother Sancha De. Castille,   b. Abt 1139, Castille, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1177, Sain, age 38 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 38 years) 
    Family ID F131  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Thibaud III De Champagne,   b. 3 Jul, 1179, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May, 1201, Champagne-Ardenne, France, age 21 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 21 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Comte Thibaud IV De Champagne, King of Navarre,   b. 30 May, 1201, Troyes, Champagne-Ardenne, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 jul, 1253, Pampelune, Navarre, Spain, age 52 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
    Last Modified 14 May 2017 
    Family ID F123  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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