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Berenguela, de Castilla

Female 1180 - 1246  (66 years)

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  • Name Berenguela  
    Suffix de Castilla 
    Born 1180 
    Gender Female 
    Died 8 Nov 1246 
    • “Infanta doña BERENGUELA de Castilla (Burgos Jan/Jun 1180-Las Huelgas, near Burgos 8 Nov 1246, bur Las Huelgas, Cistercian monastery of Santa María la Real). The Chronicle of Alberic de Trois-Fontaines names "Henricum qui iuvenis obiit et quinque sorores, prima Berengaria…secunda Urraca, tertia regina Francie, quarta Alienor, quinta Constantia monialis" as children of "sorore regis Anglie Richardi…Alienor…soror ex alio patre comitisse Marie Campaniensis", specifying that Berengaria was wife of "regi Legionensi id est regi Galicie…Alfunsus" and mother of "Fernandum successorem regis parvi in Castella et Toledo" and recording their marriage was initially permitted by Pope Innocent III despite consanguinity but subsequently prohibited, after which Berengaria became a Cistercian nun at Burgos. Her date of birth is calculated from Robert of Torigny recording the birth "circa Pascha" in 1181 of "filium Sancius" to "Alienor filia regis Anglorum uxor Anfulsi regis de Castella", stating that she had previously had one daughter. The Annales Compostellani record that “Rex Aldef.” betrothed “filias suas” in 1188. The identity of Berenguela´s first husband is confirmed by the charter dated 14 Oct 1190 under which ""Aldefonsus…rex Castelle et Toleti…cum uxore mea Alienor regina et cum filio meo Ferrando" donated property to the abbey of Silos, which also refers to the marriage between "romani imperatoris filium Conradum" and "filiam suam Berengariam". The Crónica Latina records that “Conrado, hijo de Federico, emperador de los romanos” was betrothed to “el rey de Castilla…su hija doña Berenguela”, adding that she was barely eight years old at the time. Her second marriage, arranged by her fathther as part of the peace process with León, caused religious fury because of the close relationship of the parties. The Chronicon de Cardeña records that “Rey D. Alfonso de Leon” married “D. Alfonso…so fija Doña Berenguela”. The Crónica Latina records that “doña Berenguela, hija del rey de Castilla” was married to “el rey de León”, when peace was established being Castile and León following the defeat at the battle of Alarcos, despite being related in the 2nd degree of consanguinity. Pope Innocent III excommunicated the couple, placed Castile and León under an interdict, and eventually annulled the marriage though agreed that their Children remained legitimate. Infanta Berenguela became a nun at Las Huelgas in 1204, afteer separating from her husband. Regent for her brother Enrique I 1214, she became heiress in her own right to Castile, Toledo and Extremadura on his death but immediately ceded her rights to her son Infante don Fernando. She retired from public life in 1230, after transferring full power to her son. The Chronicon de Cardeña records the death in 1240 of “la Reyna Doña Berenguela, madre del Rey D. Fernando”. The necrology of the Prieuré de Fontaines records the death "31 Oct" of "domina Berengeria, regina Castille et Toleti, soror domine Blanche Francorum regine". m firstly (contract Seligenstadt 23 Apr 1188, marriage not consummated) KONRAD von Staufen Herzog von Rothenburg, son of Emperor FRIEDRICH I “Barbarossa” & his second wife Béatrice Ctss de Bourgogne (Feb/Mar 1172-murdered Durlach 15 Aug 1196, bur Kloster Lorsch). He succeeded his brother in 1191 as KONRAD Duke of Swabia. m secondly (Valladolid [1/16] Dec 1197, annulled 1204) as his second wife, her first cousin, don ALFONSO IX King of León, son of don FERNANDO II King of León & his first wife Infanta dona Urraca de Portugal (Zamora 15 Aug 1171-Villanueva de Sarría 24 Sep 1230, bur Santiago de Compostela, Cathedral Santiago el Mayor).”««s87»» [1]
    Person ID I15073  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 15 Jan 2020 

    Father Alfonso VIII, King of Castile,   b. 11 Nov 1155,   d. 6 Oct 1214  (Age 58 years) 
    Mother Leonora or Eleanor, of England,   d. 1214 
    Family ID F4103  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Alfonso IX, King of León and Galicia,   b. 15 Aug 1171,   d. 24 Sep 1230  (Age 59 years) 
    +1. Fernando III “el Santo”, King of Castile and León,   b. 1199/1201, Peleas de Arriba, Zamora, Castilla y León, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1252, Seville, Andalucia, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)
     2. Leonor, de León
     3. Constanza, de León
     4. Alfonso, de León,   b. 1202,   d. 6 Jan 1272  (Age 70 years)
     5. Berenguela, de Castilla y León,   b. 1204,   d. 12 Apr 1237  (Age 33 years)
    Last Modified 15 Jan 2020 
    Family ID F5104  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S87] Foundation for Medieval Genealogy., Foundation for Medieval Genealogy Trustees.