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Blanche of France
Reign 1268-1275
Spouse Ferdinand de la Cerda, Infante of Castile
Issue
Alfonso de la Cerda of Castile
Ferdinand de la Cerda of Castile
House House of Capet
House of Burgundy-Spain
Father Louis IX of France
Mother Margaret of Provence
Born 1253
Jaffa
Died 1323 (aged 69-70)
Paris, France
Burial Cordeliers Convent, Paris

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

Biography

Blanche was born in 1253 in Jaffa, 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:

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 Játiva so they would be safe from Sancho.

Blanche died at the Monastère des Clarisses de l’Ave Maria[1], in Paris, in 1323[2].

Notes

  1. ^ Within the same compound, the convent for women was the Monastère des Clarisses de l'Ave Maria, and the convent for men was the Couvent des Cordeliers.
  2. ^ The year of her death, 1320, 1322 or 1323, is disputed.

Ancestors

French Monarchy
Direct Capetians
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Louis IX
   Philip III
   Robert, Count of Clermont
   Isabella, Queen of Navarre
   Blanche, Crown Princess of Castile
   Marguerite, Duchess of Brabant
   Agnes, Duchess of Burgundy
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