Blanche of castile spanish blanca 4 march 1188 27 november 1252 was queen of france by marriage to louis viiishe acted as regent twice during the reign of her son louis ix during his minority from 1226 until 1234 and during his absence from 1248 until 1252she was born in palencia spain 1188 the third daughter of alfonso viii king of castile and eleanor of england. A profile of blanche of castile ruler of france twice as regent for her son saint louis blanche was a granddaughter of eleanor of aquitaine. Blanche of castile blanche of castile wife of louis viii of france mother of louis ix st louis and twice regent of france 1226 34 1248 52 who by wars and marital alliances did much to secure and unify french territories blanche was the daughter of alfonso viii of castile and eleanor who was the daughter. At first the kings of navarre wanted to achieve an alliance with castile by having blanche marry peter eldest son and heir of king alfonso xi however blanche was eventually betrothed to john heir apparent to the throne of france blanche of navarre queen of france . This is the first modern scholarly biography of blanche of castile whose identity has until now been subsumed in that of her son the saintly louis ix a central figure in the politics of medieval europe blanche was a sophisticated patron of religion and culture through lindy grants engaging
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