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Blanche of France, Infanta of Castile

French princess
The basics
Date of birth Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv District, Israel
Date of death 1320 Paris, Île-de-France, France
Mother: Margaret of Provence
Brother(s): John of France Philip III of France Louis of France Robert Count of Clermont John Tristan Count of Valois Peter Count of Perche and Alençon
Children: Alfonso de la Cerda Ferdinand de la Cerda, Lord of Lara
Sister(s): Blanche de France Agnes of France Duchess of Burgundy Isabella of France Queen of Navarre Margaret of France Duchess of Brabant
Spouse: Ferdinand de la Cerda
Father: Louis IX of France
The details

Blanche of France (French: Blanche de France) (1253–1323) was a daughter of King Louis IX of France and Margaret of Provence, and sister of King Philip III of France and Queen Isabella of Navarre.


Blanche was born in 1253 in Jaffa, County of Jaffa and Ascalon during the Seventh Crusade led by her father, Louis IX.

In November 1268, she married Ferdinand de la Cerda, Infante of Castile, eldest son of Alfonso X of Castile and Violant of Aragon; they had two sons:

  • Alfonso (1270–1324), who married Mahaut, daughter of John I of Brienne, Count of Eu. They had four sons and three daughters.
  • Ferdinand (1275–1322), who married Juana Núñez de Lara, called "la Palomilla", Lady of Lara and Herrera, daughter of Juan Núñez I de Lara and Teresa Álvarez de Azagra. They had one son and three daughters. One daughter, Blanca de La Cerda y Lara, was the mother-in-law of King Henry II of Castile.

Ferdinand predeceased his father in 1275 at Ciudad Real. Blanche and Ferdinand's sons did not inherit the throne of their grandfather, since their uncle, the second son, Sancho, enforced his claim, even by rebelling. Blanche's brother Philip warned Sancho that he would invade Castile on behalf of his two nephews.

Blanche left Castile never to return. Her sons were sent to live with their grandmother Violant of Aragon who had them sent to the fortress of Xàtiva so they would be safe from Sancho.

Blanche died at the Monastère des Clarisses de l’Ave Maria, in Paris, in 1323.

An illuminated manuscript


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