Eleanor of Brittany

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Eleanor of Brittany

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Birthplace: France
Death: Died in Bristol Castle, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
Place of Burial: Amesbury Convent,Wiltshire
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Geoffrey II, Duke of Brittany and Constance, Duchess of Brittany
Sister of Matilda and Arthur, duke of Brittany
Half sister of Catherine de Thouars, dame d'Aubigné and Alix de Thouars

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About Eleanor of Brittany

Eleanor the "Fair Maid of Brittany" (c. 1184 – 10 August 1241) was the daughter of Geoffrey Plantagenet and Constance, Duchess of Brittany. Upon the death of Richard I of England, a power struggle commenced between her younger brother Arthur I, Duke of Brittany and King John of England. At the Battle of Mirebeau, Arthur, Eleanor, and Arthur's knights were captured. Eleanor was imprisoned at Corfe Castle. Her brother Arthur was murdered.

Although she had (by modern standards) a better claim to the throne than the children of John, she was passed over, still captive, in favour of Henry III, John's son, who was crowned in 1216.

Eldest daughter of duchess Constance, she may have been recognized duchess of Brittany after the death of her brother Arthur. Instead of that, the breton barons fearing John Lackland's claims to rule Brittany in representation of Eleanor's rights, her younger sister Aelis/Alix was made duchess.

Eleanor died in 1241, still a prisoner at Corfe Castle, and was buried at Amesbury Abbey.

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Eleanor of Brittany's Timeline

1184
1184
France
1241
August 10, 1241
Age 57
Bristol Castle, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
August 1241
Age 57
Amesbury Convent,Wiltshire