1st Wife of King Edward I: Eleanor of Castile

Eleanor of Castile, was born in 1241, and was one of five children of Ferdinand III, the King of Castile and Joan of Dammartin, Countess of Ponthieu.

On the 1st November 1254, aged thirteen she married Edward aged fifteen, son of King Henry III of England.

In 1272, upon the death of King Henry III, Edward was crowned King Edward I of England, along with his wife; Queen Eleanor of Castile.

In 1272, Edward led his army to the Holy Land in the ninth crusade, accompanied by his Queen.  Where he went, she went, they were inseparable.

At Haifa, Edward was stabbed with a poisoned dagger, and Eleanor saved his life by sucking out the poison from his wound … putting her own life at risk.

On the 13th August 1277, Edward and Eleanor laid the foundation stone, for the Cistercian Abbey of Vale Royal in Cheshire.

On the 25th April 1284, Edward, the future King of England was born at Caernarvon Castle.

In the autumn of 1290, Eleanor was taken ill at the Palace of Clipstone in Sherwood Forest.  Queen Eleanor of Castile, beloved wife of King Edward I, died on the 28th November at Harby, near Lincoln.

Eleanor wished her heart to go to Black Friars in London, her body embalmed at St.Catherine’s Priory in Lincoln.  She was buried in Westminster Abbey on the 17th December 1290.  Her tomb consisted of a marble chest, with carved mouldings and shields, surmounted by a gilt bronze effigy by William Torel.

Crosses were erected at each location where her body rested overnight between Lincoln and her final resting place … Westminster Abbey.

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