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 Violant of Aragon

Violant of Aragon

Birth
Zaragoza, Provincia de Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain
Death 1301 (aged 64–65)
Roncesvalles, Provincia de Navarra, Navarra, Spain
Burial Roncesvalles, Provincia de Navarra, Navarra, Spain
Memorial ID 95304860 · View Source
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Violant or Violante of Aragon, also known as Yolanda of Aragon, was Queen consort of Castile and León as the wife of King Alfonso X.
Violant was born in Zaragoza, the daughter of King James I of Aragon (1213–1276) and his second wife the queen Yolande of Hungary (ca.1215-1253). Her maternal grandparents were Andrew II of Hungary and Violant of Courtenay.
On December 26, 1246 she married at Collegiate Valladolid to King Alfonso X of Castile.
Due to Violant's young age, she was unable to get pregnant for several years. Alfonso came to believe that his wife was barren and came to even consider the possibility of asking the pope for an annulment of the marriage.
Legend has it that the Queen could not get pregnant and the doctor told her to rest. Alicante was recaptured by the Crown of Castile and the King and Queen rested in a farm located in the fields near the city, and there she became pregnant; the King decided to call the place "Pla del Bon Repos" ("Plain of good sleep"), a name that has been left to posterity and today is a suburb of Alicante.
In 1275, Violant's son and heir to Castile, Ferdinand de la Cerda died heir to the Castilian-Leonese throne and Alfonso at first ignored the rights of Ferdinand's children two sons and instead made their second son, Prince Sancho heir; he would later succeed as Sancho IV of Castile.
Queen Violant of Aragon died at Roncesvalles, in the kingdom of Navarre in 1301, on her return from Rome, where she had won the Jubilee in 1300.
Alfonso and Violant had the following children:
Ferdinand, died in infancy, and buried in Las Huelgas in Burgos.
Berengaria of Castile (1253-after 1284). She was betrothed to Louis, the son and heir of King Louis IX of France, but her fiance died prematurely in 1260. She entered the convent in Las Huelgas, where she was living in 1284.
Beatrice of Castile (1254–1280). She married William VII, Marquess of Montferrat.
Ferdinand de la Cerda, Infante of Castile (October 23, 1255-July 25, 1275). He married Blanche, the daughter of King Louis IX of France, by whom he had two children. Because he predeceased his father, his younger brother Sancho inherited the throne.
Eleanor of Castile (1257–1275)
Sancho IV of Castile (13 May 1258-1295)
Constance of Castile (1258- 22 August 1280), a nun at Las Huelgas.
Peter of Castile (June 1260-10 October 1283)
Juan of Castile, Lord of Valencia (March or April, 1262- 25 June 1319).
Isabella of Castile, died young.
Violant of Castile (1265–1296). She married Diego López V de Haro, Lord of Biscay
James of Castile (August 1266- 9 August 1284), Lord of Cameros



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  • Created by: Kat
  • Added: 13 Aug 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 95304860
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Violant of Aragon (8 Jun 1236–1301), Find A Grave Memorial no. 95304860, citing Collegiate Church of Saint Mary, Roncesvalles, Provincia de Navarra, Navarra, Spain ; Maintained by Kat (contributor 47496397) .