Blanche of France, Infanta of Castile

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Blanche of France
Infanta of Castile
Born 1253
Jaffa, County of Jaffa and Ascalon
Died 1323 (aged 69–70)
Paris, Kingdom of France
Burial Cordeliers Convent, Paris
Spouse Ferdinand de la Cerda, Infante of Castile
Issue Alfonso de la Cerda of Castile
Ferdinand de la Cerda of Castile
House Capet
Father Louis IX of France
Mother Margaret of Provence
Religion Roman Catholicism

Blanche of France (French: Blanche de France) (1253–1323) was a daughter of King Louis IX of France and Margaret of Provence, and sister of King Philip III of France and Queen Isabella of Navarre.


Blanche was born in 1253 in Jaffa, County of Jaffa and Ascalon during the Seventh Crusade led by her father, Louis IX.

In November 1268, she married Ferdinand de la Cerda, Infante of Castile, eldest son of Alfonso X of Castile and Violant of Aragon; they had two sons:

Ferdinand predeceased his father in 1275 at Ciudad Real. Blanche and Ferdinand's sons did not inherit the throne of their grandfather, since their uncle, the second son, Sancho, enforced his claim, even by rebelling. Blanche's brother Philip warned Sancho that he would invade Castile on behalf of his two nephews.

Blanche left Castile never to return. Her sons were sent to live with their grandmother Violant of Aragon who had them sent to the fortress of Játiva so they would be safe from Sancho.

Blanche died at the Monastère des Clarisses de l’Ave Maria,[1] in Paris, in 1323.[2]

An illuminated manuscript


French Monarchy
Direct Capetians
Hugh Capet
Robert II
Henry I
Philip I
Louis VI
Louis VII
Philip II
Louis VIII
Louis IX
Philip III
Philip IV
Louis X
John I
Philip V
Charles IV
16. Louis VII of France
8. Philip II of France
17. Adèle of Champagne
4. Louis VIII of France
18. Baldwin V, Count of Hainaut
9. Isabelle of Hainaut
19. Margaret I, Countess of Flanders
2. Louis IX of France
20. Sancho III of Castile
10. Alfonso VIII of Castile
21. Blanche of Navarre
5. Blanche of Castile
22. Henry II of England
11. Eleanor of England
23. Eleanor of Aquitaine
1. Blanche of France
24. Alfonso II of Aragon
12. Alfonso II, Count of Provence
25. Sancha of Castile
6. Ramon Berenguer IV, Count of Provence
26. Renier de Sabran
13. Garsenda, Countess of Forcalquier
27. Garsenda of Forcalquier
3. Margaret of Provence
28. Humbert III, Count of Savoy
14. Thomas I, Count of Savoy
29. Beatrice of Viennois
7. Beatrice of Savoy
30. William I of Geneva
15. Margaret of Geneva
31. Beatrix of Faucigny


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  1. Within the same compound, the convent for women was the Monastère des Clarisses de l'Ave Maria, and the convent for men was the Couvent des Cordeliers.
  2. The year of her death, 1320, 1322 or 1323, is disputed.
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