A pawn like many a noble daughter, Eleanor's marriage in 1174 to King Alfonso of Castile was all about securing and strengthening Pyrenean border and granting Aquitaine to Eleanor before her marriage went some way
to achieve this. With regard to the duchy of Gascony, Alfonso later claimed the rights to it stating that it was part of
Eleanor's dowry, his threat to invade the duchy came to nothing.
Eleanor, or Leonora as she was known in her home country, had married the king of Castile when she was twelve years old, the couple's first child, a daughter Berengaria, was born when Leonora was seventeen and she had given birth to ten
more children by the time she was forty.
In 1204, Leonora's will stipulated that she rule along side her son in the event of the death of Alfonso whilst his heir was
still a child. Ferdinand, Alfonso and Leonora's third son and heir had predeceased his father by three years meaning
that the regency clause in Leonora's will came into force when Alfonso died in 1214, when ten year old Henry became king.
Leonora's loyalty to her husband is where she and her mother differed, so devastated by her husbands death, Leonara died
of a broken heart on the 31st October 1214. Her regency only lasted twenty-eight days.
Queen Eleanor of Castile's tomb and that of her husband Alfonso VIII of Castile, lie side by side in the Abbey of Santa María la Real de Las Huelgas in Burgos, Spain.
of a falling roof tile that struck the young king and killed him. Berengaria, succeeded to Castile in 1217, but within a few months relinquished her title in favour of her son Ferdinand. Berengaria later served as regent, while her
son Ferdinand was away on campaign.
granddaughter Eleanor of Castile, queen to Edward I, was equally as proud of her country. She would use the three towers as inspiration for the Eagle Tower at Caernarfon Castle in Wales that Edward began building in 1293 as part of English defenses against the Welsh.