Sancho VI of Navarre
Incompletely preserved seal of Sancho VI, riding a horse and holding a sword and a lance, with a large Norman shield
|Born||21 April 1132|
|Died||27 June 1194(aged 62)|
|Spouse||Sancha of Castile|
|Issue||Berengaria of Navarre, Queen of England
Sancho VII of Navarre
Blanche of Navarre, Countess of Champagne
|Father||García Ramírez of Navarre|
|Mother||Margaret of L'Aigle|
His reign was full of clashes with Castile and Aragon. He was a monastic founder and many architectural accomplishments date to his reign. He is also responsible for bringing his kingdom into the political orbit of Europe.
He tried to repair his kingdom's borders which had been reduced by the Treaties of Tudején and Carrión, which he had been forced to sign with Castile and Aragón in his early reign. By the Accord of Soria, Castile was eventually confirmed in its possession of conquered territories. In the face of a possible Castilian military takeover of further western Navarrese territories, Sancho VI re-asserted royal authority by founding several towns in 1181, e.g. San Sebastián, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Treviño, etc.
He was hostile to Count Raymond Berengar IV of Barcelona, but Raymond's son King Alfonso II of Aragon divided the lands taken from Murcia with him by treaty of Sangüesa in 1168. In 1190, the two neighbours again signed a pact in Borja of mutual protection against Castilian expansion.
He died on 27 June 1194, in Pamplona, where he is interred.
- Sancho VII
- Ramiro, Bishop of Pamplona
- Berengaria (died 1230 or 1232), married King Richard I of England
- Blanche, married Theobald III, Count of Champagne, then acted as regent of Champagne, and finally as regent of Navarre
His illegitimate children were:
- Sancho (died in 1207)
- Guilhelmo (died in 1220), count of Marches
- Zylda (died in 1232), who was married with Guilhelmo Sánchez
Sancho VI of NavarreBorn: 21 Apr 1132 Died: 27 June 1194
|King of Navarre