Welcome to the World of Medieval Queens
Meet the royal women who made history. Throughout the medieval period (roughly 800 A.D. to 1500 A.D.), dozens of captivating queens, each in her own way, influenced the course of events in Europe and beyond.
Come with us behind the scenes to meet these fascinating women--famous and celebrated or forgotten and ignored. From beautiful and powerful Eleanor of Aquitaine to almost unknown Berengaria of Navarre, the unsung wife of Richard the Lionheart; from famed Isabella of Castile to infamous Isabella of Angoulême—all played a part in 700 years of women’s history. Each has a unique story to tell. We’ll tell you their stories and suggest sources of more information.
And keep checking back. More queens are added regularly. If there’s a queen you’d like to see included here,
Eleanor of Aquitaine
Biographies of medieval queens
Margaret of Scotland, 1045-1093
Queen of Malcolm III of Scotland
Beautiful, strong-willed and devout, Margaret was descended from England's early Saxon kings, progenitor of a long line of Scottish kings and an influential queen in her own right... Read more
Queen of (1) Louis VII of France;
(2) Henry II of England
She was beautiful, highborn, powerful, tireless, intelligent, ambitious. For eighty years Eleanor occupied center stage of medieval Europe...Read more
Queen of Henry VI of Germany
Constance de Hauteville was a royal personage many times over: a queen and the daughter, wife, cousin, aunt and mother of kings. Yet not until her fortieth year did she assert herself in a truly regal manner... Read more"
Queen of William II of Sicily
Engaged to King William at age 11, Joanna encountered love, happiness and adventure; suffered loss and rejection; and finally found peace...Read more"
Queen of Richard I of England
Berengaria, the Basque princess who married Richard the Lionheart, was faced with an indifferent husband, an imperious mother-in-law, and the ruthless power players of medieval Europe...Read more"
Queen of Philip II of France
A marriage not of her wishing, a husband who repudiated her, a divorce she did not ask for and a lifelong determination to take her position as true wife and queen: such was the tortured tale of Ingeborg of Denmark...Read more"
Queen of John I of England
Isabella, a luscious 14-year-old, jilts the French count to whom she's betrothed and marries King John of England instead...Read more"
Queen of Henry III of England
Strong-willed, ambitious and practical, she played a major role in ruling the kingdom during the volatile thirteenth century. So why is Eleanor of Provence so little remembered in the roster of medieval queens?.. Read more"
Queen of Edward I of England
Eleanor of Castile was never content to play the part of a passive queen. For thirty-six years she was an active queen-consort to her equally strong-minded husband...Read more"
Queen of Ferdinand II of Aragon
As heiress to the throne of Castile, Isabella had her pick of royal suitors. In 1469 she chose Ferdinand, heir to the throne of Aragon. Thus began the thirty-five year joint rule of a unified Spain by the Catholic Monarchs...Read more"
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