Richard I Lionheart of England Marries Berengaria of Navarre

Richard I Lionheart of England Marries Berengaria of Navarre

Berengaria of Navarre
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Richard I Lionheart of England marries Berengaria of Navarre, first-born daughter of King Sancho VI of Navarre. Richard's mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, was responsible for arranging this marriage because an alliance with Navarre will provide greater security for the southern border of Aquitaine in France.

It is believed that they met once before their marriage, though she becomes good friends with Richard's sister Joan. It is not known whether the marriage is ever consummated, and in any event she never has children by him. Richard the Lionheart does, however, take his new wife Berengaria with him for a bit while on the Third Crusade.

While Queen, she never sets foot in England and only visits a few times after Richard's death.

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