... In summer 1290 Edward & Eleanor toured north through Eleanor's properties.
Their final stop was Harby, Nottinghamshire which was less than 7 miles from Lincoln when the queen took ill.
The journey was abandoned & the queen was lodged in the house of Richard de Weston.
After piously receiving the church's last rites, she died there on the night of 28 Nov 1290 aged 49 & after 36 years of marriage.
Edward was at her bedside to hear her her requests.
Edward I mourned his queen most ardently by writing: seeking prayers for the soul of the wife "whom living we dearly cherished & whom dead we cannot cease to love."
In her memory, Edward I ordered the construction of 12 elaborate stone crosses (of which only three survive) marking the route of her funeral procession where the Royal entourage stayed each night between Lincoln & London.
Eleanor's funeral & burial took place at Westminster Abbey on 17 Dec 1290.
When Edward I remarried (though heartbroken and still mourning Eleanor) did his duty in need of more heirs for he only had one living son, Prince Edward (the future Edward II) & he married Margaret of France.
They named their only daughter, Eleanor after his beloved Queen Eleanor.
I am honored to be your 22nd granddaughter Queen Eleanor.
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Queen of England
Queen of Edward I
My 22nd GG.
death: 28 Nov 1290
Princess of Ferdinand III of Castile & Countess Joan of Ponthieu.
Aged 19 when she married Edward I.
Queen Eleanor was more educated than most medieval queens & exerted a strong cultured influence on the nation. She was a keen patron of literature & encouraged the use of tapestries, carpets & tableware in the Spanish style as well as innovative garden designs.
She was a successful business woman, endowed with her own fortune as Countess of Ponthieu.
What I love most is that Edward I & his queen were truly devoted to each other.
Edward I is among the few medieval English kings not known to have conducted extramarital affairs or fathered children out of wedlock.
The couple were rarely apart & she accompanied him on military campaigns, famously giving birth to their son, Edward (the future Edward II) @ Caernarfon castle in the partially constructed Eagle Tower.
The household records of Edward I & Queen Eleanor witness incidents that imply a comfortable even humorous relationship.
For instance, each year on Easter, Edward I let Eleanor's ladies in waiting trap him in his bed chamber & going along with the act, paid them a token's ransom to LET him go to his beloved queen's bedchamber on the 1st day after Lent.
So important was this custom to him that in 1291, on that 1st Easter after his beloved Eleanor's death, he gave her ladies the money he would have given them had she been alive.
Eleanor was presumably a healthy woman all her life. That she survived at least 16 pregnancies does not suggest she was frail.
Shortly after the birth of her last child, financial accountants from Edward I's household record frequent medicines to the queen's use.
Later in 1287 while she was in Gascony with Edward, a letter to England from a member of the Royal entourage states that the queen had a double quartan fever.
This fever pattern has led to suggestions that she was suffering from a strain of malaria.
From the time of the return from Gascony, there are signs that Eleanor was aware that her death wasn't far off.
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