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Edmund “Crouchback” Plantagenet

  • Birth 16 Jan 1245 London, City of London, Greater London, England
  • Death 5 Jun 1296 Bayonne, Departement des Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Aquitaine, France
  • Burial Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
  • Plot The Sanctuary
  • Memorial ID 19130

English Royalty. Born in London, the fourth child and second son of Henry III and Eleanor of Provence. In January 1254, he was invested as King Edmund of Sicily in direct conflict with Conrad IV of Germany who also claimed the title. Edmund abdicated as King of Sicily in 1263 and gained the title of Earl of Leicester in October 1265 and the title of 1st Earl of Lancaster in June 1267. He married Aveline de Forz in April 1269 at Westminster Abbey. In 1271 he joined the Ninth Crusade to Holy Land; some scholarship asserts that his participation was the cause of the nickname Crouchback which may have been a corruption of Crossback, meaning that he was entitled to wear a crusader's cross. Aveline died in 1274 and he married Blanche d'Artois, daughter of Robert I de France, in 1276. As a result of his marriage, he was styled Comte de Brie as well as Comte de Champagne. The couple had four children; Thomas; Henry; John of Beaufort; and Mary. Edmund died at age 51 in Bayonne, Bearn, France and was interred a month later at Westminster Abbey, London.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 19 Dec 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19130
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Edmund “Crouchback” Plantagenet (16 Jan 1245–5 Jun 1296), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19130, citing Westminster Abbey, Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .