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Eleanor, the Maid of Brittany (1184–1241)

Eleanor, the Maid of Brittany (1184–1241)

English royal. Name variations: Damsel of Brittany; Pearl of Brittany; Eleanor of Brittany; Eleanor Plantagenet. Born in 1184; died on August 12, 1241, at Corfe Castle, Dorset, England; buried first at St. James's Church in Bristol, before exhumation and re-burial at Amesbury, Wiltshire, England; daughter of Geoffrey Plantagenet (1158–1186), duke of Brittany, and Constance of Brittany (1161–1201); granddaughter of Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122–1204).

Known as the Damsel, the Pearl, or the Maid of Brittany, Eleanor was born in 1184, the daughter of Geoffrey, duke of Brittany, and Constance of Brittany . She was also the niece of King John of England and the sister of Arthur, count of Brittany. Because of contention for the throne between Arthur and John (1199–1202), Eleanor was imprisoned by her uncle John. She died in 1241.

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