Eleanor of Woodstock

Female 1318 - 1355  (36 years)


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  • Name Eleanor of Woodstock 
    Born 18 Jun 1318  Woodstock Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 22 Apr 1355 
    Buried Deventer Abbey Deventer Cemetery Sallan, Overijssel, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I696  King of Scots
    Last Modified 13 Feb 2009 

    Father Edward II King of England,   b. 25 Apr 1284, Caernarfon Castle Caernarfon, Gwynedd, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Sep 1327, Berkely Castle Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years) 
    Mother Isabella of (She-Wolf of France) France (Queen of England),   b. 1295, Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Aug 1358, Hertford Castle Hertford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 25 Jan 1308  Boulogne-sur-Mer, Pas-de-Calais, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F286  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 18 Jun 1318 - Woodstock Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Deventer Abbey Deventer Cemetery Sallan, Overijssel, Netherlands Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Eleanor of Woodstock (1318-1355). Born in Woodstock, Oxfordshire on 18 June 1318 to Edward II of England and Isabella of France, Eleanor was named after her paternal Grandmother Eleanor of Castile, 333 was given for her churching by father. In 1324 she was taken into care by her cousin Eleanor de Clare then sent to the care of Ralph de Mothermer and Isabella Hastings with her younger sister Joan of the Tower at Pleshey. In 1325, there were negotiations between England and Castile for Eleanor to be betrothed to Alphonso XI of Castile, but this fell through due to the dowry.

      Eleanor was re-united with her mother and in 1330 negotiations were made by her mother for she and her brother John of Eltham, Earl of Cornwall to marry a son and daughter of Philip VI of France, however they fell through also.

      In May 1332 Eleanor married the reigning Count of Guelders, Reinoud II "the black" (English: Reginald), of the House of Wassenberg (born c. 1287), a marriage arranged by her mother's cousin Jeanne of Valois. The groom, quite dark of colour and character, was a widower with four daughters. He was known for having imprisoned his father for over six years.

      As she sailed from Sandwich, her wedding trousseau included a wedding gown of Spanish cloth, caps, gloves, shoes, a bed, rare spices and loaves of sugar. She was well received in Guelders and bore her husband two sons Reinoud III "the fat" (1334-1371) and Edward of Guelders (1336-1371). However, due to her unhappy childhood, she grew nervous and over-eager to please her husband, who tired of her and sent her from court (1338) by pretending she had leprosy. Her husband then tried to annul the marriage.

      Eleanor turned up in Court in Nijmegen to contest the annulment, and proceeded to strip down, proving she was no leper, and thus forcing her husband to take her back. He died from a fall from his horse on 12 October 1343. Eleanor then helped rule with her nine year old son Reginald but they later quarrelled over making peace with his younger brother and he confiscated her lands.On 22 April 1355, twelve years after she became a widow, Eleanor died in poverty in a Cisterian convent (continuity?) aged 36. She had been too proud to ask her Brother Edward III of England for help and was buried in Deventer Abbey. Her tomb stone had the simple inscription ELEANOR on it, however in England on the south side of Queen Philippa of Hainault's tomb in Westminster Abbey there is an image of her and her husband.



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