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Constance of Castile (1136-1160)

The recumbent effigy of Constance de Castille © Jean-Christophe Ballot / Centre des monuments nationauxInfanta of Castillo, daughter of Alphonse VII, king of Castillo and Léon, wife of Louis VII

Constance of Castillo, a young Spaniard  known for her extensive culture, arrived in France in 1154 and married King Louis VII. The king recently split from Alienor of Aquitaine, who asked and obtained the annulation of their marriage. Constance died in childbirth without giving a male heir to her husband.

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