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Alphonse VIII De Castille, King of Castile

Alphonse VIII De Castille, King of Castile

Male 1155 - 1214  (58 years)

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  • Name Alphonse VIII De Castille 
    Suffix King of Castile 
    Born 11 Nov 1155  Spain Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    History Alfonso was born on 11 November 1155, the son of Sancho III, king of Castile and Blanca de Navarre. As a three-year-old Alfonso became king, and after a chaotic period he assumed control of his kingdom in 1166 when he was still only eleven. In Burgos, in September 1177, he married the fifteen-year-old Eleanor, daughter of Henry II of England. Gascony was to be her dowry, but when he claimed this territory in 1204, he lost it to his brother-in-law John, king of England.

    The Moors defeated Alfonso at Alarcos in 1195, but after their initial incursion into León and Navarre he forced them back and made peace. With the kings of Leon and Navarre, he soundly defeated the Moors in 1212 at Las Navas de Tolosa.

    Alfonso died in Burgos on 6 October 1214, followed by his queen on the 24th, and they found their last resting place together in the abbey of Las Huelgas, which on Eleanor\'s request he had enriched in 1187. He was succeeded by his son Enrique I.

    How many children he fathered by his queen is not certain. In addition to the ten securely documented children they may also have had three more: an earlier Enrique, who died young about 1184, Fernando, born about 1183 and died before 1187, and Leonor who died young and is buried at Las Huelgas where there still exists a sarcophagus said to be hers. Four of his daughters, but no sons, had progeny.  [1
    Died 5 Oct 1214  Spain, age 58 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I328  Ellie Wood Keith
    Last Modified 19 Feb 2018 

    Father Sancho III of Castile,   b. 1134, Toledo, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Aug 1158, Toledo, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years) 
    Mother Blanche of Navarre,   b. Aft 1133, Laguardia, Álava Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Aug 1156  (Age ~ 22 years) 
    Married 30 Jan, 1151 
    Family ID F1060  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Alienor (Eleanor) of England, Queen of Castile,   b. Sep 1161, Domfront, Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1214, age 53 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Blanche De Castille, Regent of France,   b. 4 Mar 1188, Palencia, Castille, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1252, Melun, Ile de France, France, age 64 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)  [putative]
    Last Modified 15 May 2017 
    Family ID F160  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Alfonso VIII, King of Castile
    Alfonso VIII, King of Castile

  • Sources 
    1. [S64] Genealogics, Leo Van de Pas, http://www.genealogics.org/getperson.php?personID=I00000234&tree=LEO.