Eleanor of Winchester

Royal Descent:

Edward I, King of England m. 2) Marguerite of France

Princess ELEANOR ‘of Winchester’ PLANTAGENET of England

Birth:      4 May 1306      Winchester Castle, Hampshire

“The little princess was born at Winchester on the 4th of May, 1306. When informed of the safe delivery of the queen, and the birth of his daughter, he [Edward I] gave 40l. to the messenger who brought him the tidings.”1

Baptism:      Royal Chapel, Winchester Castle, Hampshire

“She was baptized in the royal chapel there, by the bishop of Winchester. The font was newly decorated for the occasion, and the infant was enveloped in a coverlet of the richest cloth of gold, which cost 10l.”1

Death:      1310      Amesbury Priory, Wiltshire

“Eleanor’s death is usually dated 1311, based upon Green’s interpretation of this reference [Issues of the Exchequer (ed. F. Devon, London 1837) 124]. But it dates from Michaelmas term 4 Edward II. His regnal years ran from 8 July 1307. 4 Edward II therefore began on 8 July 1310 and ended on 7 July 1311. In that regnal year Michaelmas term fell in 1310, not in 1311.”2

Burial:      Beaulieu Priory, Hampshire

“Her remains were conveyed for interment to the monastery of Beaulieu, in Hampshire. Not one of her own family appears to have been present at the last rites paid to her, nor is any monument known to have been raised to her memory.”1

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Sources

1. Mary Anne Everett Green, Lives of the Princesses of England from the Norman Conquest, Volume 3 (London: 1851).

2. John Carmi Parsons, The Court and Household of Eleanor of Castile in 1290, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (Toronto: 1977).