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Blanche of Castile (Blanca de Castilla in Spanish; 4 March 1188 – 27 November 1252), was a Queen consort of France as the wife of Louis VIII. She acted as regent twice during the reign of her son, Louis IX.  She was born in Palencia, Spain, 1188, the third daughter of Alfonso VIII, king of Castile, and Eleanor of England. Eleanor was a daughter of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Blanche of Castile is ancestor 10 in the 2014 project, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. She was the granddaughter of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II. She was a strong woman, dedicated mother, and devout Catholic. I am proud to call her my ancestor.

Tomb of Queen Leonora, Daughter of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine…

Grave Marker- Tomb of Queen Leonora, Daughter of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine & wife of King Alfonso VIII.

Matilda of Flanders, wife of William the Conqueror and mother of Henry I, the first woman to be crowned Queen of England, was born in 1031. Her father, Baldwin V, was the Count of Flanders, and her mother Adela, was a daughter Robert II the Pious Capet, King of France. Statue is located in the Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris, France. 27th GG mother William

Jardins du Luxembourg -- La Reine Mathilde (Mathilde de Flandre) - Wife of William the Conqueror, Duchess of Normandy and queen consort of England .

Katherine of Aragon by Michael Sittow, c.1503-04. This painting was done a couple of years after the death of Katherine’s first husband Arthur when she was just 18. Arthur was the Prince of Wales and Henry VIII’s older brother, and heir to the English throne. However after his death, the succession fell to the infamous Henry and he and Katherine married in 1509 when they were 17 and 23 respectively. In this portrait by Flemish painter Michael Sittow, Katherine is probably shown in mourning.

Katherine of Aragon 1485 - 1536 First wife of King Henry VIII Queen of England 1509 - 1533 Daughter of Ferdinand II of Aragon, and Isabella I of Castille. Former Infanta of Spain.

Alfonso VIII El De Las Navas Borgoña de Castilla

My GG Father Alfonso VIII King of Castile and Toledo (Spain) was Married to Eleanor Plantagenet Daughter of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine

Gisant d'Aliénor d'Aquitaine, reine de France et d'Angleterre et grande…

coolnerdyreader: “ Eleanor of Aquitaine’s effigy at Fontrevault. Queen of France and England, she was known for her passion for reading.

Mathilda Plantagenet, daughter of Henry II and Eleanore of Aquitaine Birth: 	1156 Death: 	Jun. 28, 1189  Princess of England. Daughter of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Married the 27 years o...

Mathilda Plantagenet, daughter of Henry II and Eleanore of Aquitaine, Birth: 1156 Death: Jun. Daughter of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Married the 27 years older Henry the Lion, Duke of Brunswick on Feb

Margaret of Anjou was strong-willed. She tried to protect the Lancastrian cause as her husband succumbed to mental illness. Her forceful approach may have eventually been her downfall, but her work was not entirely wasted.

Margaret of Anjou wife of Lancastrian Henry VI. When Henry was deemed mentally incompetent, Margaret restyled herself a warrior-queen. She led several victories during the War of the Roses. Her only child was slain in battle by Edward VI.

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