Eléanor BÉRENGAR, Comtesse de Provence
- Born: 1217, Aix-En-Provence, France
- Married: 14 Jan 1235-1236, Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, Co. Kent, ENG
- Died: 24 Jun 1291, Amesbury or Aix-en-Provence, France
Generally known as Eleonore DE PROVENCE.
Compiler's 20/21 x great-grandmother
A charter dated 22 Jun 1235 records the marriage agreement between "Henricus III Angliæ Rex" and "Amedeo IV Sab. Com. ac Willelmo electo Valentino fratribus…nepte, sororis illorum, comitissæ Provinciæ, filia". The Continuator of Florence of Worcester records the marriage "Id Jan"  in Canterbury of King Henry III and "Alienoram filiam comitis Proventiæ" and their joint coronation in London "XIII Kal Feb". Her marriage is recorded by Matthew Paris, who also states her parentage.
She was crowned Queen Consort 19/20 Jan 1236 at Westminster Abbey. Her marriage signalled the establishment of close ties between the English court and the house of Savoy, the foreign immigrants becoming increasingly unpopular in England and contributing to the difficulties experienced by King Henry III with his barons. The testament of “R. Berengarius…comes et marchio Provincie et comes Forcalquerii”, dated 20 Jun 1238, names “Margaritam filiam nostrum…reginam Francie…Elionors filiam nostrum…reginam Anglie…Sanciam filiam nostram” and appoints “Beatricem filiam nostrum heredem generalem”. The testament of "Beatricis relictæ Raimundi Berengarii comitis Provinciæ", dated 14 Jan 1264, confirms her previous testaments appointing "Reginarum filiarum suarum Margarethæ Franciæ et Alienoræ Angliæ…" as her heirs.
She became a nun at Amesbury Abbey, Wiltshire 7 Jul 1284.
The Annales Londonienses record the death "in crastino Sancti Johannis Baptistæ" in 1291 of "Elianora mater regis Edwardi" and her burial "apud Ambresbury in festo nativitate beatæ Virginis". 1
Eléanor married Henry III PLANTAGENET, King of England, son of John "Lackland" PLANTAGENET, King of England, and Isabella Taillefer D' ANGOULÊME, Queen of England, on 14 Jan 1235/6 in Canterbury Cathedral, Kent, England. (Henry III PLANTAGENET King of England was born on 1 Oct 1207 in Winchester Castle, Winchester, Hampshire, England, died on 16 Nov 1272 in Westminster Palace, London, Middlesex, England.)
Betrothed 22 Jun 1235.