Uracca , Princess of Castile
b.bet 1186 and 28 May 1187
d.3 Nov 1220 Coimbra
m. 22 Sep 1177
Facts and Events
Urraca of Castile (1186/28 May 1187 – 3 November 1220) was a daughter of Alfonso VIII of Castile and Leonor of England. Her maternal grandparents were Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Urraca was originally considered as a prospective bride for Louis VIII of France, but Eleanor objected to her name (Urraca means magpie in Castilian), preferring the Castilian name of Urraca's sister Blanche, Blanca.
In 1206 Urraca married twenty-one year old Afonso II of Portugal, who was the "infante", the intended heir to the throne. They were the parents of at least four children:
It is possible Urraca also bore Vicente, who was supposedly buried at the Alcobaça Monastery.
In 1212 her husband became king and she became queen. Afonso II indicated in his will in 1214 that Urraca should be the regent for his heir should he pre-decease her. Unfortunately, she died before him at a relatively young age in 1220. Urraca was buried at the Alcobaça Monastery.