Princess Eleanor ‘of Woodstock’

Royal Descent:

Edward II, King of England m. Isabella of France

Princess ELEANOR ‘of Woodstock’ PLANTAGENET

Birth:      18 Jun 1318      Woodstock Palace, Oxfordshire

“On Sunday 18 June 1318, Edward and Isabella’s elder daughter Eleanor was born at Woodstock Palace near Oxford. Edward arrived at Woodstock on the day of Eleanor’s birth, and spent ten days there. Edward paid £333 for a feast to celebrate the birth, his first daughter.”1

Baptism:      Apparently no record survives of the baptism, but Eleanor was named for her paternal grandmother Eleanor of Castile, Queen of England.

Death:      22 Apr 1355      Deventer Abbey, Guelders [Netherlands]

“She retired to her monastery at Deventer, there to end her days…‘She passed away,’ says our chronicler, ‘from the troublous sea of time to the quiet haven of eternity,’ on the 22nd of April, the vigils of the feast of St. George the Martyr, A.D. 1355.”2

Burial:      Deventer Abbey, Guelders [Netherlands]

“Some writers have assigned Graventhal as the place of her interment, supposing that she was buried near her husband (Teschenmacher, Annales Gelriae, p. 515), but it is improbable that her sons should give their neglected mother a public sepulture. It seems preferable, therefore, to adopt the testimony of other chroniclers, who inform us that she was interred, with great privacy, by her faithful monks and nuns, in the choir of the convent of Deventer (Chron. Gelriae, Middlehill MS. 1889, fol. 115. Tractatus de Comitibus Gelriae, Middlehill MS. 1889, fol. 131). Her tomb-stone, which in the last century was still in existence in the church of Deventer, bore but a single word, as inscription, eulogy, and epitaph, ‘Eleanora’ (Pontanus, p. 266).”2

Occupation:            Duchess of Guelders 1339-1343

Spouse:

Reinoud II, 1st Duke of Guelders

Marriage:      May 1332      Nijmegen, Guelders [Netherlands]

“The princess and her train set sail for Helvoet-sluys, early in May…The city of Nimeguen was at that time the capital of Gueldres, where stood the palace in which the dukes principally dwelt (Swertius, Athenae Belgicae). This palace, as well as his other residences, had been recently renovated, and beautified with the spoils won by Earl Raymond from the Brabancons (Pontanus, p. 210), and here he brought his young bride. She was received with much enthusiasm by the people. The nuptial feasts were celebrated with great splendour, and lasted for many days (Chron. Wil. Monach. Egmond. Matthaeus, Analecta Medii AEv, vol. ii., p. 718)”;2 “M secondly (Nijmegen May 1332) ELEANOR of England”.3

Children:

Reinoud III of Guelders (1333-1371)

Edward of Guelders (1336-1371)

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Sources

1. Kathryn Warner, “Queen Isabella’s Pregnancies and Children,” Edward II Blogspot, http://edwardthesecond.blogspot.com/, 29 April 2007.

2. Mary Anne Everett Green, Lives of the Princesses of England from the Norman Conquest, Volume 3 (London: 1851), pp. 78, 81, 96.

3. Charles Cawley, “Medieval Lands (Foundation For Medieval Genealogy)”, 2006-2008.