Blanche of Navarre, Queen of Castile
|Blanche of Navarre|
|Died||12 August 1156|
|Noble family||House of Jiménez|
|Spouse(s)||Sancho III of Castile|
|Father||García Ramírez of Navarre|
|Mother||Margaret of L'Aigle|
Blanche married Sancho III of Castile, co-king of Castile (with his father) on January 30, 1151 in Calahorra, Logroño; however, she died before her husband’s accession as sole ruler in 1157. She had at least one son who is buried in the church of San Pedro in Soria. On November 11, 1155 she gave birth to the future king Alfonso VIII. There appears to be no record of her activities thereafter, except for her death on August 12, 1156. While it had been suggested that she might have died from the complications of a new pregnancy, an art historian Elizabeth Valdez del Álamo maintains that she died from sequelae of the birth of her son. That her death was caused by a pregnancy is recorded in an epitaph.
She and Sancho had at least two sons:
- Alfonso VIII of Castile
- Infante García, who died at birth in 1156, apparently also resulting in the death of Blanche
There may also have been an older son who died in infancy.
Sancho donated money to the monastery called Santa María la Real of Nájera where Blanche is buried. The sarcophagus of the queen is regarded as a primary example of the ability to express artistically human emotions in the 12th century.
|Ancestors of Blanche of Navarre, Queen of Castile|
- Lament for a lost queen: the sarcophagus of Doña Blanca in Najera, Elizabeth Valdez del Álamo, Memory and the Medieval Tomb, The Art Bulletin, June, 1996.