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Eleanor Plantagenet
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Birth: 1215
City of Gloucester
Gloucestershire, England
Death: Apr. 13, 1275
Departement du Loiret
Centre, France

Eleanor of England (also called Eleanor Plantagenet and Eleanor of Leicester) was the youngest child of King John of England and Isabelle of Angouleme.
At the time of Eleanor's birth, King John's London was conquered and Queen Isabella was in shame. He had been forced to sign the Magna Carta. Eleanor would never meet her father, as he died at Newark Castle when she was barely a year old. The French, led by Philip II of France, were marching through the south. The only lands loyal to her brother, Henry III, were in the middle and southwest. The barons ruled the north, but they united with the royalists under William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke, who protected the young king, and Philip was defeated.
William Marshal died in 1219 and Eleanor was promised to his son, also named William. They were married on 23 April 1224 at New Temple Church in London. The younger William was 34 and Eleanor only nine. He died in London on 6 April 1231, days before their 7th anniversary. There were no children of this marriage. The widowed Eleanor swore a holy oath of chastity in the presence of Edmund Rich, Archbishop of Canterbury.
Seven years later, she met Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester. According to Matthew Paris, Simon was attracted to Eleanor's beauty and elegance as well as her wealth and high birth. They fell in love and married secretly on 7 January 1238 at the King's chapel in Westminster Palace. Her brother King Henry later alleged that he only allowed the marriage because Simon had seduced Eleanor. The marriage was controversial because of the oath Eleanor had sworn several years before to remain chaste. Because of this, Simon made a pilgrimage to Rome seeking papal approval for their union. Simon and Eleanor had seven children:
Henry de Montfort (November 1238-1265)
Simon the younger de Montfort (April 1240-1271)
Amaury de Montfort, Canon of York (1242/1243-1300)
Guy de Montfort, Count of Nola (1244–1288)
Joanna, born and died in Bordeaux between 1248 and 1251.
Richard de Montfort (1252–1281)
Eleanor de Montfort Princess of Wales (1258–1282)
Simon de Montfort had the real power behind the throne, but when he tried to take the throne, he was defeated with his son at the Battle of Evesham on 4 August 1265. Eleanor fled to exile in France where she became a nun at Montargis Abbey, a nunnery founded by her deceased husband's sister Amicia. She died and was buried there on 13 April 1275. Elizabeth Woodville Queen -Consort of King Edward IV was her direct descendant. (bio courtesy of: Wikipedia) 
Family links: 
  King John (1167 - 1216)
  Isabella of Angoulême (1188 - 1246)
  Simon V de Montfort (1208 - 1265)
  William Marshal (1190 - 1231)*
  Guy de Montfort (1244 - 1288)*
  Eleanor de Montfort (1252 - 1282)*
  Isabeau de La Marche (____ - 1300)**
  Joan of Wales (1188 - 1237)**
  Joan of Wales (1188 - 1237)**
   King Henry (1207 - 1272)*
  Richard of Cornwall (1209 - 1272)*
  Joan Plantagenet (1210 - 1238)*
  Isabelle Plantagenet (1214 - 1241)*
  Eleanor Plantagenet (1215 - 1275)
  Hugh Lusignan (1220 - 1255)**
  Hugues XI de Lusignan (1221 - 1250)**
  Alice De Lusignan De Warenne (1229 - 1256)**
  William de Valence (1230 - 1296)**
*Calculated relationship
Montargis Abbey
Departement du Loiret
Centre, France
Created by: Kat
Record added: Jun 19, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 92166184
Eleanor Plantagenet
Added by: Kat
Eleanor Plantagenet
Added by: Kat
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- Carl
 Added: Oct. 29, 2015
20 ggrandmother. Rest in Peace
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 Added: Sep. 16, 2015
In Loving Memory of My 19th Great-grandmother
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