The Children of Eleanor of Castile

The number of Queen Eleanor's children, and their order of birth has been the subject of much scholarly confusion. I have attempted below to make sense of the information provided in various ancient and more modern sources.

Eleanor of Castile, Countess of Ponthieu 1279 - 1290
The daughter of St Fernando II, King of Castile, and his second wife Jeanne, the daughter of Simon II of Dammartin, Count of Ponthieu and Aumale.
(b. 1241, Castile, Spain - d. Nov 29, 1290, Harby, Nottinghamshire, England)
Buried in Westminster Abbey, London
married Oct 18, 1254, Burgos, Castile (his first)
Edward I, King of England 1272 - 1307, the son of King Henry III, and his wife Eleanor, daughter of Raymond Berengar V, Count of Provence.
(b. June 17, 1239, Westminster Palace, London - d.July 8, 1307, Burgh-on-Sands, Cumberland)
Buried in Westminster Abbey, London

Their children

1. Eleanor
(b. cJune 17, 1264, Windsor Castle, Berkshire - d. in childbirth, Oct 12, 1297, Ghent, Flanders).
Buried in Westminster Abbey, London
married (1) Aug 15, 1290, Westminster Abbey, London (proxy)
Alfonso III ' el Liberal ', King of Aragon 1285 - 1291, the son of Pedro III, King of Aragon, and his wife Constance, the daughter of Manfred of Hohenstaufen, King of Sicily.
(b. 1265, Valencia - d. June 18, 1291, Barcelona, Catalonia, Aragon)
married (2) Sept 20, 1293, Bristol, England
Henry III, Count of Bar, the son of Theobald II, Count of Bar, and his second wife Jeanne of Toucy, Dame de Saint-Fargeau and de Pusaye, only child of Jean of Toucy, Seigneur de Saint-Fargeau.
(b. c1261 - d. 1302)

Their children are beyond the scope of this work

2. Joan
(b. 1265, Paris or Abbeville, Ponthieu, France - d. before Sept 7, 1265, France)
Buried in Westminster Abbey, London

3. John
(b. June 10 or July 10, 1266, Windsor Castle, Berkshire - d. Aug 1 or 3, 1271, Westminster Palace, London)
Buried in Westminster Abbey, London

4. Henry
(b. July 13, 1267, Windsor Castle, Berkshire - d. Oct 14, 1274, Westminster Palace, London)
Buried in Westminster Abbey, London

5. Alice
(b. c1269, Woodstock Palace, Oxon - d. c1281)
Buried (probably) in Westminster Abbey, London

6. Blanche
(b. c1270 - d. before Aug 2, 1274)

7. Juliana
(b. 1271, Acre, Palestine - d. May 28 or Sept 5, 1271, Acre)
Buried in the Church of the Friars Preachers, Bordeaux, Gascony, France

8. Joan ' of Acre '
(b. 1272, Acre, Palestine - d. April 23, 1307, Clare, Suffolk)
Buried at Priory church of the Austin Friars, Clare
married (1) April 30, 1290, Westminster Abbey, London (his second)
Gilbert de Clare, 3rd Earl of Gloucester and 7th Earl of Hertford, the son of Richard de Clare, 2nd Earl of Gloucester, and his wife Maud (Matilda) daughter of John de Lacy, Earl of Lincoln.
(b. Sept 2, 1243, Christ Church, Hants - d. Dec 7,1295, Monmouth Castle)
Buried in Abbey of Tewkesbury
married (2) (secretly) before July, 1297 (his first)
Sir Ralph, Lord Monthermer, keeper of Cardiff Castle, a servant of her first husband. His parentage is unknown.
(b. 1262 - d. May 10, 1325)
Buried in Church of the Greyfriars, Salisbury, Wiltshire

Joan's children by both marriages are beyond the scope of this work

9. Alfonso, Earl of Chester (1284)
(b. Nov 24, 1273, Bayonne or Bordeaux, Gascony, France - d. Aug 14 or 19, 1284, Windsor Castle, Berkshire)
Buried at Westminster Abbey, London

10. Katherine
(b. c1274 - d. before Sept, 1275)

11. Margaret
(b. Sept 11, 1275, Windsor Castle, Berkshire - d. 1318)
Buried in the Collegiate church of St Gudule, Brussels, Brabant
married July 8, 1290, Westminster Abbey, London
John II ' the Peaceful ', Duke of Brabant 1294 - 1312, the son of John I, Duke of Brabant, and his second wife Margaret, the daughter of Guy of Dampierre, Count of Flanders
(b. Sept 27, 1275 - d. Oct 27, 1312, Vueren, Brabant)

Their children are beyond the scope of this work

12. Berengaria
(b. 1276, Kennington Palace, Surrey - d. before 1279)
Buried Westminster Abbey, London

13. Mary
(b. March 11 or April 22, 1278, Windsor Castle, Berkshire - d. before July 8, 1332, Amesbury, Wiltshire)
Unmarried, she became a nun at Amesbury in 1285.
Buried at Amesbury

14. Isabella
(b. March 12, 1279, perhaps at Woodstock, Palace, Oxon - d. before Dec 31, 1279)
Buried Westminster Abbey, London.

15. Elizabeth
(b. Aug 7, 1282, Rhuddlan Castle, Flintshire, Wales - d. May 5, 1316, Quendon, Essex)
Buried Walden Abbey, Essex
married (1) Jan 18, 1297, Ipswich Priory Church, Suffolk
John I, Count of Holland and Zeeland 1296 - 1299, the son of Floris V, Count of Holland, and his wife Beatrix, daughter of Guy of Dampierre, Count of Flanders.
(b. 1281 - d. Nov 10, 1299, Haarlem, Holland.
married (2) Nov 14, 1302, Westminster Abbey, London
Humphrey de Bohun, 4th Earl of Hereford and Essex, the son of Humphrey de Bohun, 3rd Earl of Hereford and Essex, Constable of England, and his wife Maud, daughter of Enguerrand de Fiennes, Seigneur de Fienes, Guisnes, France.
(b. 1276 - d. March 16, 1322, Boroughbridge, killed in battle against Edward II)
Buried in the Church of the Friars Preachers, York.

Her issue by second marriage are beyond the scope of this work

16. Edward II, King of England 1307 - 1327 (deposed Jan 20, 1327) in favour of his son Edward III
(b. April 25, 1284, Caernarvon Castle, Caernarvon, Wales
supposedly murdered Sept 21, 1327, Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire, at the instigation of his wife, and her lover Roger Mortimer, Earl of March)
Buried Gloucester Cathedral
Note : modern research has revealed that he may have actually died as a Franciscan monk in 1341.

married Jan 25, 1308, Boulogne, Pas-de-Calais, France
Isabella de Valois, Princess of France, daughter of Philip IV, King of France, and his wife Jeanne I, Queen of Navarre, daughter of Henry I, King of Navarre.
(b. 1292 - d. Aug 27, 1358, Castle Rising, Norfolk)
Buried at Greyfriars Church, Newgate, London.

Their children are beyond the scope of this work

17. Beatrice
(b. Aug, 1286, Gascony or Aquitaine, France - d. before Nov 28, 1290)



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