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Constance of Castile

Constance of Castile

Queen of france
The basics
Date of birth
Date of death Oct 04, 1160 Paris, Île-de-France, France
Brother(s): Sancho III of Castile Ferdinand II of León Alfonso of Castile and Barcelona Ferdinand of Castille and Poland Garcia of Castile and Barcelona
Sister(s): Urraca of Castile Queen of Navarre Sancha of Castile Queen of Aragon Stephanie Alfonso of Castile Sancha of Castile Queen of Navarre
Mother: Berengaria of Barcelona
Spouse: Louis VII of France
Children: Margaret of France, Queen of England and Hungary Alys of France, Countess of Vexin
Father: Alfonso VII of León
The details

Constance of Castile (1136 or 1140 - 4 October 1160) was Queen of France as the second wife of Louis VII, who married her following the annulment of his marriage to Eleanor of Aquitaine. She was a daughter of Alfonso VII of León and Berengaria of Barcelona, but her year of birth is not known.


The official reason for her husband's annulment 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 had two children:

  1. Margaret, 1157–1197, who married first Henry the Young King of England, and then Béla III of Hungary
  2. Alys, 1160–1220, who married William IV of Ponthieu


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