Constance of Castile
|Constance of Castile|
|Spouse||Louis VII of France|
|Margaret of France, Queen of England and Hungary
Alys, Countess of the Vexin
|House||House of Capet|
|Father||Alfonso VII of León and Castile|
|Mother||Berenguela of Barcelona|
|Died||4 October 1160|
|Burial||Basilica of St Denis|
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. She was a daughter of Alphonse VII, King of Galicia, León and Castile, and Berenguela of Barcelona, but her year of birth is not certainly known. Her maternal grandparents were Ramon Berenguer III, Count of Barcelona and his third wife Dulce Aldonza Milhaud.
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.
Constance bore her husband two children:
- Margaret, 1157–1197, who married first Henry the Young King of England, and then Béla III of Hungary
- Alys, 1160–1220, who married William IV of Ponthieu
|Ancestors of Constance of Castile|
- Constance Bouchard, Those of My Blood: Creating Noble Families in Medieval Francia, (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001), 126.
- Jim Bradbury, The Capetians, (MPG Books Ltd, 2007), 165.
Eleanor of Aquitaine
|Queen of France
Adele of Champagne