|Birth: ||1184, France|
|Death: ||Aug. 10, 1241|
Eleanor the "Fair Maid of Brittany" was the daughter of Geoffrey Plantagenet and Constance, Duchess of Brittany
Upon the death of Richard I of England, a power struggle commenced between Eleanor's 12-year-old brother Arthur I, Duke of Brittany and King John of England. At the Battle of Mirebeau, Arthur, Eleanor, and Arthur's knights were captured. Eleanor was imprisoned at Corfe Castle. Her brother Arthur disappeared mysteriously in 1203.
Although according to the laws of primogeniture her claim was better, when John died in 1216 the English barons allowed the king's son, Henry, to succeed to the throne.
As the eldest daughter of Constance, Eleanor may have been recognized Duchess of Brittany after the death of her brother Arthur. But instead, the Breton barons (fearing King John's claims to rule Brittany in representation of Eleanor's rights) made her younger half-sister Alix duchess instead.
Eleanor died in 1241, still a prisoner at Corfe Castle, and was buried at Amesbury Abbey.
In Thomas Costain's novel Below the Salt, the author has Eleanor escape, marry a knight with land in Ireland, and raise a family there.
Geoffrey II Plantagenet (1158 - 1186)
Constance Penthièvre Plantagenet-de Bretagne (1161 - 1201)
Eleanor of Brittany (1184 - 1241)
Arthur Plantagenet (1187 - 1203)*
Catherine de Thouars (1201 - 1254)**
Alix de Thouars (1201 - 1221)**
St Mary & St Melor Churchyard
Wiltshire Unitary Authority
Created by: Kat
Record added: Jul 17, 2012
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