Blanche of Castille

Blanche of Castille

 

Born 1188; died Nov. 26 or 27, 1252. French queen.

Between 1226 and 1236, Blanche of Castille was regent during the minority of her son, Louis IX (king from 1226–70). She also ruled France while Louis IX was away on the Seventh Crusade from 1248 to 1252. In 1229 she concluded the Peace of Paris, which ended the Albigensian Wars. Blanche of Castille fought successfully against rebellious feudal lords, who were supported on a number of occasions by the English king.

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It also includes women not yet sanctified as belonging to recent and heroic history of France, such as Joan of Arc, Blanche of Castille, and others.
Inaccuracies and stereotypes abound; for example, Servadio seems to consider several aspects of the lives of women at this time as novel innovations unheard of before, from the use of makeup (common since at least Roman times) to the exercise of political power by women (powerful medieval queens Eleanor of Aquitaine and Blanche of Castille spring immediately to mind).