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Families on the Frontiers of the Old South

Family: Alfonso VI de Castilla y León, King of León, Castile and Navarre / Isabel --, Queen consort of Castile and Leon (F4682)

m. 1100


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  • Father | Male
    Alfonso VI de Castilla y León, King of León, Castile and Navarre

    Born  ca. 1038  Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  30 Jun 1109  Toledo, Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Royal Monastery of San Benito, Sahagún, León, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location
    Married  1100   
    Other Spouse  Agnès d'Aquitaine, Queen consort of Castile and Leon, Ctss du Maine | F3547 
    Married  ca. 1073   
    Other Spouse  Jimena Muñoz | F4685 
    Married     
    Other Spouse  Constance de Bourgogne, Queen consort of Castile and León | F3891 
    Married  ca. 1080   
    Other Spouse  Berta --, Queen consort of Castile and Leon | F4681 
    Married  1094   
    Other Spouse  Zaïda -- | F4683 
    Married  Mar 1106   
    Other Spouse  Beatrix --, Queen consort of Castile and Leon | F4684 
    Married  1108   
    Father  Fernando I de Navarra, King of León | F4687 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Sancha de León | F4687 Group Sheet 

    Mother | Female
    Isabel --, Queen consort of Castile and Leon

    Born     
    Died  Before Mar 1106   
    Buried    Basilica de San Isidoro, León, León, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location
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  • Notes  Married:
    • "Alfonso VI's penultimate marriage was to Isabel and 'the cause of controversy during centuries has been whether this Isabel was the same person as Zaida or a different individual'. [Salazar y Acha, Jaime de, "Contribución al reinado de Alfonso VI de Castilla: algunas aclaraciones sobre su política matrimonial". Anales de la Real Academia Matritense de Heráldica y Genealogía (in Spanish) (Madrid: Real Academia Matritense de Heráldica y Genealogía. II: 301?336, 1993), p. 227. ISSN 1133-1240]

      Both appear together for the first time on 14 May 1100 although the diploma is considered suspicious, and the second time in that same year at an unspecified date. [Gambra, Andrés, Alfonso VI. Cancillería, curia e imperio (in Spanish). Vol. I. Estudio. (León: Centro de Estudios e Investigación; San Isidoro: Caja España y el Archivo Histórico Diocesano de León, 1997) p. 473. ISBN 8487667287.]

      Isabel's last mention in royal diplomas was on 8 and 14 May 1107 and she probably died in the middle of that year.[Gambra, p. 474.] She is, according to Salazar y Acha, Zaida, who after her baptism was called Isabel. If not identical to Zaida, her origin is uncertain. Bishop Pelagius of Oviedo does not refer to her origin. Lucas de Tuy in the 13th century, based on the epitaph of Isabel, makes her daughter of King Louis of France, who at that time would have to be Louis VI although this seems to be chronologically impossible. Reilly considers that she was probably of Burgundian origin. [Reilly, Bernard F., The Contest of Christian and Muslim Spain: 1031-1157. (Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell, 1992) pp. 322-3] although this does not appear in the documentation."
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    • "Her existence is questionable and it is possible that she was in fact the same person as Isabel née Zaïda, shown below as King Alfonso's fifth wife. The question of the separate existence of King Alfonso VI's fourth wife would be resolved if we knew there had been two different memorials to 'Queen Elisabeth' in the Royal Pantheon, but it appears that a record of these memorials no longer exists." [2]

  • Sources 
    1. [S336470] Wikipedia, (Online: https://en.wikipedia.org), "Alfonso VI of León and Castile" at http://bit.ly/2C820gD.

    2. [S336463] Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families, Charles Cawley, (Online: The Foundation for Medieval Genealogy at http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/, 20XX), http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/CASTILE.htm#AlfonsoVIdied1109B.