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Re: Queens of Castile
« Reply #30 on: October 09, 2005, 07:40:55 AM »


It is true that not everything is absolutely known about Alfonso's queens. I was just posting some general and guiding info.


Alfonso NEVER married Zaida, by the way. She died in September 1091, probably after giving birth to Sancho. Constanza of Burgundy lived until 1093!

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Re: Queens of Castile
« Reply #31 on: October 09, 2005, 01:46:57 PM »
Zaida died in september 1093 or september 1103.
Source for this is Reilly's book: Alfonso VI.

In this book there is no mention of an incestious affair. But again, perhaps your source is a better one.


Jimena, wife of El Cid:
She was descended from the Kings of Leon.
Alfonso V of Leon, married Urraca Garcez de Navarra, daughter: Ximena Alfonsez de Leon born ca 1020
Ximena Alfonsez de Leon married Fernan Gondemarez, Conde de Asturias, daughter: Cristina Fernandez born ca 1038
Cristina Fernandez married Diego de Oviedo, Conde de Oviedo e Asturias, daughter: Ximena (Jimena) de Oviedo born ca 1058
Ximena (Jimena) de Oviedo married Rodrigo de Vivar, El Cid. Rey de Valencia.





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Re: Queens of Castile
« Reply #32 on: October 09, 2005, 01:50:05 PM »
see also:
http://es.geocities.com/mundo_medieval/zaida.html

Also remember that Alfonso VI was a king without a male heir. Even though he had the mistress Ximena/Jimena Munoz, she had only born him only daughters, Elvirs and Teresa. He also had a legitimate daughter, Urraca. So it was partly because of the very real threat of invasion by Arab Spain that Alfonso accepted Zaida as a mistress in 1092. She was the widow of Fath al-Mamun of Cordoba (who died in March of the previous year), daughter-in-law of al-Mutamid of Sevilla. . Importantly, Zaida became the mother of Alfonso's only son, Sancho, who would eventually be named his heir, in spite of his being illegitimate. Bishop Pelayo's chronicle (already quoted in the last post), states that she was baptized and given the Christian name Elizabeth (which was then equivalent to Isabel). . Zaida's monumental inscription states that she died on 13 [or 12, depending on the source] September in childbirth, but the year of her death does not survive. Thus the controversy. Levi-Provencal had concluded that she died during the birth of her son Sancho, on 12 September 1093. . But if you equate Zaida with Queen Elizabeth, who did not die until 1107, you arrive at a death date of 12/13 September 1107 (hence the varying dating given by different authorities). It is known that Queen Elizabeth was the mother of two daughters, and that Zaida was mother of Alfonso's only son. So if you equate the two women, it means she was mother of three children. But as she may not have died in 1093, the birth date of Zaida's son Sancho is problematic too. . There isn't enough surviving evidence to resolve these disputes. Different scholars interpret the evidence in different ways. BUT there is NO dispute that Teresa was Ximena's daughter, not a daughter of Zaida or Elizabeth

reedpcgen@@aol.com (Reedpcgen) posted to GEN-MEDIEVAL-L@@rootsweb.com on 15 Dec 1998 Subject: Re: Descent of Spanish Kings from Zaida: . "Christian Settipani was kind enough to bring to my attention a recent article by Jaime de Salazar y Acha, "Contribucion al estudio del reinado de Alfonso VI de Castilla: algunas aclaraciones sobre su politica matrimonal," Anales de la Real Academia Matritense de Heraldica y Genealogia, 2 (1992/3), pp. 299-343, sp. p. 323-8. . Though I have not seen this article, it is a long one, and if I understand correctly, he carefully examined all arguments for the different positions, both pro and con, and concludes without any hesitation that Zaida is Queen Isabel