Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Eleanor of Castile was the daughter of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine.

A pawn like many a noble daughter, Eleanor's marriage in 1174 to King Alfonso of Castile was all about securing
 and strengthening Pyrenean border and granting Aquitaine to Eleanor before her marriage went some way to achieve this. With regard to the duchy of Gascony, Alfonso later claimed the rights to it stating that it was part of Eleanor's dowry, his threat to invade the duchy came to nothing. 

Eleanor, or Leonora as she was known in her home country, had married the king of Castile when she was twelve years old, the couple's first child, a daughter Berengaria, was born when Leonora was seventeen and she had given birth to ten more children by the time she was forty. 

Eleanor's story continues on my website at

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