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Blanche de Castile
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Birth: 1188
Death: Nov. 27, 1252

French Royalty. During the winter of 1199/1200 Eleanor of Aquitaine, aged 79 years, traveled to Castile to visit her daughter and to select a wife for the french heir to the throne. During her stay in Palencia she choose her twelve year old granddaughter Blanche to strengthen the peace treaty between John of England and Philippe II Auguste. Blanche accompanied her to Fontevraud and from then she traveled alone. In May the court traveled to Normandy to celebrate the wedding. France had been placed under the interdict after the king had repudiated his second wife and the wedding could therefore not be celebrated on french territory. Afterwards the young couple lived together in Paris. They were taught together, played together and grew up together. Their first child was born in 1205 but died soon afterwards. In 1214 she gave birth to a son who was named after the father and who will later succeed him. After Philippe Augustus' death they are crowned in Reims in August 1223. Louis has to fight in the west, conquers La Rochelle and Poitou and Blanche manages the kingdom from Paris. In 1226 his army conquers Beaucaire, Nîmes, Carcassonne, Béziers and he besieges Avignon. The army is seized by an epidemic, but he is able to take the city in September. His health, which has always been weak, takes another downturn. In November he becomes sick and dies on the 8th. He is buried a week later in Saint Denis and his eldest son, only 12 years old, is crowned king. Blanche becomes regent for him and soon has to fight for her power. A child as king gives several barons hope for more power and larger territories. A group with Pierre de Bretagne, Hugh X de Lusignan and Thibaut IV de Champagne is supported by the english king and count Raymond VII of Toulouse. They rebel but Blanche raises an army and defeats them in the same winter. In March they swear loyalty to the king and the rebellion is over. To secure the peace in the south she signs a peace treaty with her cousin Raymond VII of Toulouse and marries her son Alphonso to his daughter. With the years Blanche becomes more and more secure in her power and even reigns without a council. In 1234 she marries her son to Marguerite de Provence in hope to later include the Provence into the kingdom. The two women can't stand each other from the beginning. With the years Louis restricted her power but she remains his closest advisor and when he felt unwell she is there to take over for him. When Louis left France for the crusade she is installed as regent, but is not given full power. In February 1250 Louis army is defeated, he is imprisoned and his younger brother Robert is killed. After paying a huge ransom he is released but remains in the holy land to secure the christian interests. In 1251 she suppresses a rebellion of peasants and retires to Maubuisson.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Alfonso VIII Borgoña-de Castilla (1155 - 1214)
  Eleanor Plantagenet (1162 - 1214)
 
 Spouse:
  Louis VIII Capet, King of France (1187 - 1226)*
 
 Children:
  King Louis (1214 - 1270)*
  Robert I d'Artois (1216 - 1250)*
  Alphonse III de Poitiers (1220 - 1271)*
  Isabelle of France (1225 - 1270)*
   Charles of Anjou (1226 - 1285)*
  Charles de Anjou (1226 - 1285)*
 
 Siblings:
  Berenguela DeCastile Plantagenet (1180 - 1246)*
  Sancho de Castilla y Plantagenet (1181 - 1181)*
  Sancha de Castilla y Plantagenet (1182 - 1184)*
  Urraca Of Castile (1187 - 1220)*
  Blanche de Castile (1188 - 1252)
  Fernando de Castilla y Plantagenet (1189 - 1211)*
  Mafalda de Castilla y Plantagenet (1191 - 1211)*
  Leonor Castilla Y Plantagenet De Aragona (1202 - 1244)*
  Enrique I Of Castile (1204 - 1217)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Abbey of Maubuisson
Saint-Ouen-l'Aumone
Departement du Val-d'Oise
Île-de-France, France
Plot: grave destroyed
 
Created by: Lutetia
Record added: Apr 12, 2007
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