- Constance of Castile
Constance of Castile Queen consort of France Tenure 1154–1160 Spouse Louis VII of France Issue Margaret, Queen of Hungary
Alys, Countess of the Vexin
House House of Capet Father Alfonso VII of León and Castile Mother Berenguela of Barcelona Born 1141 Died 4 October 1160 (aged 18–19)
Constance of Castile (1141 – 4 October 1160) was the second wife of Louis VII, King of France, following his divorce from Eleanor of Aquitaine. She was a daughter of Alphonse VII, King of Galicia, León and Castile, and Berenguela of Barcelona. Her maternal grandparents were Ramon Berenguer III, Count of Barcelona and his third wife Douce I, Countess of Provence.
The official reason for her husband's divorce from Eleanor of Aquitaine had been that he was too close a relative of Eleanor for the marriage to be legal by Church standards; however, he was even more closely related to Constance.
Constance died giving birth to her second child. Desperate for a son, her husband remarried a mere five weeks after her death.
Constance was buried in the Basilica of Saint-Denis, France.
Constance bore her husband two children:
- Margaret of France, 1158–1197, who married first Henry the Young King of England, and then Béla III of Hungary, leaving no living children.
- Alys of France, 1160–1220, who was betrothed (but never married) to Richard I of England, and later married to William IV of Ponthieu.
Ancestors of Constance of Castile 16. Reginald I, Count of Burgundy 8. William I, Count of Burgundy 17. Alice of Normandy 4. Raymond of Burgundy 9. Stephanie 2. Alfonso VII of León and Castile 20. Ferdinand I of León and Castile 10. Alfonso VI of León and Castile 21. Sancha of León 5. Urraca of León and Castile 22. Robert I, Duke of Burgundy 11. Constance of Burgundy 23. Hélie of Sémur 1. Constance of Castile 24. Ramon Berenguer I, Count of Barcelona 12. Ramon Berenguer II, Count of Barcelona 25. Almodis de La Marche 6. Ramon Berenguer III, Count of Barcelona 26. Robert Guiscard, Duke of Apulia 13. Maud of Apulia 27. Sikelgaita of Salerno 3. Berengaria of Barcelona 28. Berenguer II, Viscount of Rodés 14. Gilbert I, Count of Gévaudan 29. Adela, Viscountess of Carlat 7. Douce I, Countess of Provence 30. Geoffrey I, Count of Provence 15. Gerberga, Countess of Provence 31. Stephanie-Douce de Marseille
- Meade, Marion, Eleanor of Aquitaine
French royalty Preceded by
Eleanor of Aquitaine
Queen of France
Adele of Champagne
Queens and Empresses of FranceAdelaide of Aquitaine (987–996) · Rozala of Italy (996) · Bertha of Burgundy (996–1000) · Constance of Arles (1003–1031) · Matilda of Frisia (1034–1044) · Anne of Kiev (1051–1060) · Bertha of Holland (1071–1092) · Bertrade de Montfort (1092–1108) · Adelaide of Maurienne (1115–1137) · Eleanor of Aquitaine (1137–1152) · Constance of Castile (1154–1160) · Adèle of Champagne (1164–1180) · Isabelle of Hainaut (1180–1190) · Ingeborg of Denmark (1193–1193; 1200-1223) · Agnes of Merania (1196–1200) · Blanche of Castile (1223–1226) · Margaret of Provence (1234–1270) · Isabella of Aragon (1270–1271) · Maria of Brabant (1274–1285) · Joan I of Navarre (1285–1305) · Margaret of Burgundy (1314–1315) · Clementia of Hungary (1315–1316) · Joan II of Burgundy (1316–1322) · Blanche of Burgundy (1322) · Marie of Luxembourg (1322–1324) · Jeanne d'Évreux (1325–1328) · Joan the Lame (1328–1348) · Blanche of Navarre (1350) · Joan I of Auvergne (1350–1360) · Jeanne de Bourbon (1364–1378) · Isabeau of Bavaria (1385–1422) · Marie of Anjou (1422–1461) · Charlotte of Savoy (1461–1483) · Anne of Brittany (1491–1498; 1498–1514) · Joan of France (1498) · Mary of England (1514-1515) · Claude of France (1515–1524) · Eleanor of Austria (1530–1547) · Catherine de' Medici (1547–1559) · Mary, Queen of Scots (1559–1560) · Archduchess Elisabeth of Austria (1570–1574) · Louise of Lorraine (1575–1589) · Margaret of Valois (1589–1599) · Marie de' Medici (1600–1610) · Archduchess Anne of Austria (1615–1643) · Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria (1660–1683) · Marie Leszczyńska (1725–1768) · Archduchess Maria Antonia of Austria (1774–1792) · Princess Marie Joséphine of Savoy* (1795–1810) · Joséphine de Beauharnais (1804–1810) · Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria (1810–1814) · Princess Marie Thérèse of France* (1830) · Princess Maria Amalia of Naples and Sicily (1830–1848) · Eugénie de Montijo (1853–1870)*disputed
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