Margaret of L'Aigle

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Margaret of L'Aigle
Queen consort of Navarre
Tenure 1130–1141
Spouse García Ramírez of Navarre
Issue Sancho VI of Navarre
Blanche of Navarre, Queen of Castile
Margaret of Navarre
Henry, Count of Montescaglioso
House L'Aigle
Father Gilbert of L'Aigle
Mother Juliana du Perche
Died 25 May 1141
Sketch of an incompletely preserved seal of Margaret’s son Sancho VI, shown on a horse in the Mediterranean style

Margaret of L’Aigle (French: Marguerite de L’Aigle, Spanish: Margarita de L’Aigle) (died 1141) was a Queen consort of Navarre, the first wife to García Ramírez of Navarre.[1] She was the daughter of Gilbert of L’Aigle and Juliana du Perche.

Margaret’s paternal grandparents were Richer of L’Aigle and Judith d’Avranches, whilst Margaret’s maternal grandparents were Geoffrey II de Perche, Count of Perche and Mortagne, and his wife, Beatrice of Montdidier.[2] Margaret’s siblings included Richer of L’Aigle, successor to her father as Baron of L'Aigle. Margaret was a distant cousin of Queen Felicia of Roucy.

Queen of Navarre[edit]

Margaret was married in 1130 to García Ramírez of Navarre, shortly before his accession to the throne of Navarre. He confirmed the rights and privileges of the church of Pamplona on the advice of "uxoris mee Margarite regina" by charter dated 1135.[3]

Margaret was to bear García a son and heir, Sancho VI, as well as two daughters who each married kings: the elder, Blanca, born after 1133, married Sancho III of Castile, while the younger, Margaret, named after her mother, married William I of Sicily.

Garcia’s relationship with Margaret was, however, unstable. She supposedly took many lovers and showed favouritism to her French relatives.[4] She bore a second son named Rodrigo, whom her husband refused to recognise as his own.[5] He was never acknowledged as a son by the Navarrese king, even after Margarets death, and he was widely considered a bastard, though his sister Margaret did not treat him as such. He certainly never behaved as anything other than the son of a king.[6]

Margaret died disgraced in 25 May 1141. Her husband later remarried.

Family tree[edit]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
William I of Sicily
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Robert III, Prince of Capua
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
García Ramírez of Navarre
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Margaret of Navarre
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Richer of L'Aigle
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gilbert of L'Aigle
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Judith of Avranches
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Margaret of L'Aigle
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Geoffrey II of Perche, Count of Perche and Mortagne
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Juliana of Perche
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Beatrix of Montdidier
 
 
 
 
 
 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gaztambide, J. G. (ed.), (1997), Colección diplomatica de la catedral de Pamplona
  2. ^ Jan B Young. Our Ancestry - Volume 1. Page 105.
  3. ^ Cawley, Charles, Norman nobility: MARGUERITE de Laigle, Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, retrieved August 2012 
  4. ^ Hans Houben, "Enrico di Navarra", Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani
  5. ^ Chronicle of Hugo Falcandus, History of the Tyrants of Sicily, is available in its original Latin at The Latin Library. Henry is also mentioned in the chronicle of Romuald Guarna. Both historians are contemporaries.
  6. ^ John Julius Norwich, 258.
Preceded by
Urraca of León and Castile
Queen consort of Navarre
1130–1141
Succeeded by
Urraca of Castile, Queen of Navarre