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Family Tree Details
Eleanor (of Castile) (b.1241 - d.1290)
+Edward (I, King of England 1272-1307) (b.1239 - d.1307) =Katherine (Daughter of Edward I) (b.1264 - ) =John (Son of Edward I) (b.1266 - d.1271) =Henry (Son of Edward I) (b.1268 - d.1274) =Eleanor (Daughter of Edward I) (b.1269 - d.1298) =Joan (of Acre) (b.1271 - ) =Alfonso (Son of Edward I) (b.1275 - ) =Margaret (b.1275 - d.1318) =Mary (Daughter of Edward I) (b.1279 - ) =Elizabeth (b.1282 - d.1316) =Edward (II, King of England 1307-1327) (b.1284 - d.1327) +Isabella (of France, Wife of Edward II) ( - d.1358) =Edward (III, King of England 1327-1377) (b.1312 - d.1377) | +Philippa (of Hainault) (b.1314 - d.1369) | =Edward (The Black Prince) (b.1330 - d.1376) | =Isabella (Daughter of Edward III) ( - d.1382) | =Joan (Daughter of Edward III) ( - d.1348) | =William (Son of Edward III) | =Lionel (of Antwerp, Duke of Clarence) (b.1338 - d.1368) | =John (of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster) ( - d.1399) | =Edmund (of Langley, Duke of York) ( - d.1402) | =Mary (Daughter of Edward III) ( - d.1362) | =Margaret (Daughter of Edward III) ( - d.1361) | =Thomas (of Woodstock, Duke of Gloucester) ( - d.1397) =John (Earl of Cornwall) ( - d.1336) =Joan (Daughter of Edward II) | +David (II, King of the Scots 1329-1371) ( - d.1371) =Eleanor (Daughter of Edward II) +Reginald (Duke of Guelderland)
At the age of fifteen Prince Edward traveled from Portsmouth with his mother and the Archbishop of Canterbury to marry Eleanor of Castile the half-sister of the King Alfonso X of Castile. Both Edward were Eleanor are descended from Henry II.
After the marriage at a Cistercian convent in Castile, Edward and Eleanor returned via Dover to England. Eleanor lived initially at Windsor Castle.
Edward and his wife returned to England
Edward and his wife Eleanor of Castile laid the foundation stone of the Cistercian Abbey of Vale Royal in Cheshire.
King Edward had called for the feudal army to gather at Rhuddlan in August to put down the Welsh revolt. Edward and Eleanor's daughter Elizabeth was born at Rhuddlan at this time.
Edward, the future king of England was born at Caernarvon Castle on the 25th April, 1284. His father was Edward I and his mother was Eleanor of Castile. The castle was probably still under construction as work on it had only begun the year before.
Edward and Eleanor return to England after a three year visit to their foreign domains.
Eleanor of Castile, the wife of Edward I died while travelling in the North with the King. Eleanor had been suffering with illness for some time and the cold and damp of the Winter months probably aggravated her condition.
As Edward travelled with the body of his wife Eleanor from Harby near Lincoln where the Queen died to Westminster a series of crosses were later erected at each location that the body rested over night. These are known as the 'Eleanor Crosses'
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A Medieval Mystery
There appear to be some strange connections between the fourteenth century Old Wardour Castle and ancient stone circle Stonehenge.
Old Wardour Castle appears to be aligned to ancient sites in the Stonehenge landscape.
Stonehenge is aligned to the Summer Solstice. Old Wardour has a very similar alignment.
Could the builders of Old Wardour used mesaurements from Stonehenge to layout the geometrical keep?