Eleanor of Castile, Queen of England

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Eleanor of Castile Eleanor of Castile

“Here lies Eleanor, sometime Queen of England, wife of King Edward son of King Henry, and daughter of the King of Spain and Countess of Ponthieu, on whose soul God in his pity have mercy. Amen.” Norman-French inscription around Eleanor of Castile’s tomb

While researching this enigmatic queen, I found Eleanor of Castile to be unique in many ways. In doing a survey of English queens from the time of William the Conqueror to King Charles II in the early modern period, there were only four queens from the Iberian Peninsula: Berengaria of Navarre, Katherine of Aragon, Catherine of Braganza and Eleanor. Most wives of English kings came from France and England with a few noted exceptions. Eleanor was an intelligent, energetic woman who devoted herself to her husband, travelling with him constantly while directing a property acquisition and management business. And she did all…

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