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Isabella of Aragon
Isabella
Personal details
Born 1247
Died 28 (aged -1220–-1219) January 1271 (aged 23–24)
Spouse(s) Philip III of France
Religion Roman Catholicism

Isabella (1247 – 28 January 1271), infanta of Aragon, was by marriage Queen consort of France[1] from 1270 to 1271.[2]

Life

Isabella was the daughter of King James I of Aragon[3] and his second wife Violant of Hungary[4] and thus granddaughter of Yolanda de Courtenay.

In Clermont on 28 May 1262, Isabella married the future Philip III of France, son of Louis IX and Margaret of Provence. They had four sons:

  1. Louis (1265–1276)
  2. Philip IV "the Fair" (1268–1314), King of France
  3. Robert (1269–1271)
  4. Charles, Count of Valois (1270–1325)

She accompanied her husband on the Eighth Crusade against Tunis. On their way home, they stopped in Cosenza, Calabria. Six months pregnant with her fifth child, on 11 January 1271 she suffered a fall from her horse after they had resumed the trip back to France. Isabella gave birth to a premature stillborn son. She never recovered from her injuries and the childbirth, and died seventeen days later, on 28 January. Her husband took her body and their stillborn son and, when he finally returned to France, buried her in the Basilica of St Denis.[5] Her tomb, like many others, was desecrated during the French Revolution in 1793.

Her famous granddaughter was Queen Isabella of France.[6]

Family tree

References

  1. Sabine Geldsetzer, Frauen auf Kreuzzügen
  2. Patrick Weber, Les reines de France
  3. The new Cambridge medieval history / 5 C. 1198 - c. 1300. by David Abulafia and Rosamond MacKitterick. The standard work of reference on the whole of Europe, east and west, during the thirteenth century. Page 654.
  4. The book of deeds of James I of Aragon: a translation of the medieval Catalan Llibre dels Fets by Damian J Smith and Helena Buffery. Page 139.
  5. Alain Erlande-Brandenburg, Le roi est mort. Étude sur les funérailles, les sépultures et les tombeaux des rois de France jusqu'à la fin du xiiie siècle
  6. Ainsworth, Peter. (2006) Representing Royalty: Kings, Queens and Captains in Some Early Fifteenth Century Manuscripts of Froissart's Chroniques. in Kooper (ed) 2006.

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