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Sancha of Castile, Queen of Aragon

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Sancha of Castile
Sancha of Castile and her husband Alfonso II of Aragon in the 12th-century manuscript Liber Feudorum Maior
Queen consort of Aragon
Tenure18 January 1174 – 25 April 1196
Born21 September 1154/5
Died(1208-11-09)9 November 1208
Villanueva de Sigena, Kingdom of Aragon
(m. 1174; died 1196)
among others...
Constance of Aragon
Peter II of Aragon
Alfonso II, Count of Provence
HouseCastilian House of Ivrea
FatherAlfonso VII of León and Castile
MotherRicheza of Poland

Sancha of Castile (21 September 1154/5 – 9 November 1208) was the only surviving child of King Alfonso VII of Castile by his second wife, Richeza of Poland.[1] On January 18, 1174, she married King Alfonso II of Aragon at Zaragoza;[2] they had at least eight children who survived into adulthood.

A patroness of troubadours such as Giraud de Calanson and Peire Raymond, the queen became involved in a legal dispute with her husband concerning properties which formed part of her dower estates. In 1177 she entered the county of Ribagorza and took forcible possession of various castles and fortresses which had belonged to the crown there.

After her husband died at Perpignan in 1196, Sancha was relegated to the background of political affairs by her son Peter II. She retired from court, withdrawing to the Hospitaller convent for noble ladies, the Monastery of Santa María de Sigena, at Sigena, which she had founded.[3] There she assumed the cross of the Order of St John of Jerusalem which she wore until the end of her life. The queen mother entertained her widowed daughter Constance at Sigena prior to her leaving Aragon to marry Emperor Frederick II in 1208. She died soon afterwards, aged fifty-four, and was interred in front of the high altar of her foundation at the Monastery of Santa María de Sigena; her tomb is still there to be seen.




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Sancha of Castile, Queen of Aragon
Cadet branch of the Anscarids
Born: 21 September 1154/5 Died: 9 November 1208
Royal titles
Title last held by
Ramon Berenguer IV
as consort
Queen consort of Aragon
Title next held by
Marie of Montpellier