Constance of Castile

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Constance of Castile
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Queen consort of France
Tenure 1154–1160
Spouse Louis VII of France
Issue Margaret of France, Queen of England and Hungary
Alys, Countess of the Vexin
House House of Burgundy(by birth)
House of Capet(by marriage)
Father Alfonso VII of León and Castile
Mother Berenguela of Barcelona
Born c 1140
Died 4 October 1160
Burial Basilica of St Denis
Religion Roman Catholicism

Constance of Castile (c 1140 - 4 October 1160) was the second wife of Louis VII, King of France, following his annulment from Eleanor of Aquitaine.[1] She was a daughter of Alphonse VII, King of Galicia, León and Castile, and Berenguela of Barcelona,[2] but her year of birth is not certainly known. Her maternal grandparents were Ramon Berenguer III, Count of Barcelona and his second wife Dulce of Provence

The official reason for her husband's divorce from Eleanor of Aquitaine had been that he was too close a relative of Eleanor for the marriage to be legal by Church standards; however, he was even more closely related to Constance.

Constance died giving birth to her second child. Desperate for a son, her husband remarried a mere five weeks after her death.

Constance was buried in the Basilica of Saint-Denis, France.

Children[edit]

Constance bore her husband two children:

  1. Margaret, 1157–1197, who married first Henry the Young King of England, and then Béla III of Hungary
  2. Alys, 1160–1220, who married William IV of Ponthieu

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Constance Bouchard, Those of My Blood: Creating Noble Families in Medieval Francia, (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001), 126.
  2. ^ Jim Bradbury, The Capetians, (MPG Books Ltd, 2007), 165.
French royalty
Preceded by
Eleanor of Aquitaine
Queen of France
1154–1160
Succeeded by
Adele of Champagne