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Henry I of Castile

Henry I
King of Castile and Toledo
Reign 5 October 1214 – 6 June 1217
Predecessor Alfonso VIII
Successor Berengaria
Born (1204-04-14)14 April 1204
Died 6 June 1217(1217-06-06) (aged 13)
Burial Las Huelgas, Burgos
Consort Mafalda of Portugal
House House of Burgundy
Father Alfonso VIII of Castile
Mother Eleanor of England
Religion Roman Catholicism

Henry I of Castile (14 April 1204[1] – 6 June 1217) was king of Castile. He was the son of Alfonso VIII of Castile and Eleanor of England, Queen of Castile (daughter of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine).[2]

In 1211 Henry became heir to the throne when his older brother Ferdinand suddenly died.

When his father died in 1214 Henry was just 10 years old so the regency was assumed by Henry's older sister Berengaria of Castile,[3] wife of Alfonso IX of Leon.

In 1215 Henry married Mafalda of Portugal, daughter of Sancho I of Portugal. As he was very young, the marriage was not consummated, and it was dissolved in 1216 by Pope Innocent III on grounds of consanguinity. In the same year, Henry became betrothed to his second cousin Sancha, heiress of León.[4]

Henry died in Palencia in 1217 at the age of 13, killed by a tile coming off a roof. His sister Berengaria succeeded him, before renouncing the throne in favor of her son Ferdinand III.[5] His body was interred at Las Huelgas monastery in Burgos.[6]



  1. ^ Anales Toledanos
  2. ^ Previté-Orton, Charles William, The shorter Cambridge Medieval History, (Cambridge University Press, 1952), 828.
  3. ^ Chronica Albrici Monachi Trium Fontium
  4. ^ Henry’s family
  5. ^ Craig Taylor, Debating the Hundred Years War, (Cambridge University Press, 2006), 87.
  6. ^ Enrique I, King of Castile, Theresa M. Vann, Medieval Iberia: An Encyclopedia, Ed. E. Gerli, (Routledge, 2003), 303.


  • Charles William Previté-Orton, The shorter Cambridge Medieval History, Cambridge University Press, 1952.
  • Taylor, Craig, Debating the Hundred Years War, Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Alfonso VIII
King of Castile
Succeeded by
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