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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Constance of Burgundy weds Alfonso VI the Brave

On this date in our family history . . . the 8th day of May . . . in the year 1081 . . . Constance of Burgundy becomes the bride of Alfonso VI the Brave, King of Leon and Castile, and Emperor of All Hispania . . . Constance and Alfonso are believed to be 25th great-grandparents of our Josephine (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this blog . . .

MacMillan's Magazine edited by Sir George Grove, David Masson, John Morley, Mowbray Morris: "more on the reality The truth is that French influence did not enter Spain for the first time with the Bourbon dynasty nor were they the first French family to occupy a Spanish throne In the twelfth century Castile and Leon had been carried to the line of Burgundy by the marriage of Urraca that is to say Mary little as the two words resemble one another with Raymond of Burgundy the Crusader who helped to take Toledo from the Moor Her mother belonged to the same house as her husband The monks of Cluny who accompanied Constance of Burgundy to the Court of Alfonso the Sixth played as great a part in Spain as the administrators the soldiers and the men of letters of the epoch of Louis the Fourteenth The descendants of Urraca and of Raymond of of Burgundy interm"

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