Chapter 1

On 1194, Mathilde of Brittany is married to Frederick of Austria with a generous dowry with 35,000 of silver to end the incarceration of Richard I and for that reason, Philippe Auguste would demand the hand of Eleanor of Brittany to his son Louis, the son of Philippe Auguste and Isabella of Hainault to guarantee peace between the Angevins and the Capetians.

Mathilde of Brittany would reinvigorate the Babenbergs as she would have produced two sons, Henry b. 1200 and Gottfried b. 1208 and two daughters, Matilde b. 1202 and Margaret b. 1206.

On 1213, Mathilde of Brittany the regent of Austria for her sons Henry and Gottfried would reveal to Eleanor that her marriage with Louis VIII would not have been possible had she never existed as the Holy Roman Emperor would never allow her marriage with the French as she was affianced to her late husband and she talked about their sister, Margaret of Brittany who was born prior to their mother’s death in 1201 as well as their brother, Conan V, Margaret is affianced to the Duke of Savoy.

Despite having difficulties with the regency, she was quite happy of the regency as it gone through tough times when her brother in law was difficult to deal with.

Mathilde of Brittany would betroth her own daughter, Mathilde to the impressive Konrad the Curly of Silesia and her other daughter, Margaret to the future count of Burgundy, the son of Joanna I of Burgundy, she would remain calm and living as the regent to Austria but her brother in law would have two daughters only, named Margaret(1204) and Hedwig(1210), who would have a lower ranking for marriages, she would die on 1215.

Chapter 2

On 1195, Eleanor of Brittany is affianced to the future Louis VIII and given to the care of Philippe Auguste with the condition of peace between the Angevins and the Plantagenets which would start the treaty of Nantes wherein the peace between the Plantagenets and Angevins would happen, on 1195, the two would be married.

The conditions in the Treaty of Nantes were that Anjou, Maine, Normandy and Aquitaine would remain Plantagenet holdings under French suzerainty and they are not allowed to interfere with the other French vassals.

Apparently after the fact that Berengaria and Richard have been together for many years the two would have never have children as Richard would not have been fond of his wife which would lead to the situation and rivalry between his nephew Arthur I, Duke of Brittany and his own brother, John.

Chapter 3

Richard and Philip II would have a good relationship and the two would remain in peace until his death on 1199.

On 1199, Richard I would die of an accident after trying to stop a revolt and he would remember that his heirs via his brother Geoffrey would be trustworthy for him so he would decide to disinherit Geoffrey’s kin for the Angevin Empire and given the succession to John.

On 1199 Richard I would die and appoint his brother, John as the heir to his lands and disinherited his nephew, Arthur of Brittany and niece, Eleanor of Brittany, the future Queen of France of the inheritance of England and all of his lands as he would not trust Arthur as he is on French hands

John I would quickly discard, his wife, Hawise who was forbidden for him to touch for another bride, Isabella of Angouleme, a scion to a tract of lands in the south of France in Angouleme, as she is the sister of William VIII of Angouleme b.1198 and daughter of Aymer of Angouleme.

On 1202 Arthur I of Brittany, Philippe II of France and Hugh of Lusignan would fight against John as John would completely ignore summons and Philippe wanted to help Hugh of Lusignan and Arthur of Brittany and Philippe II would consider the French lands of John I as forfeit.

On Mirabeau, Arthur I of Brittany killed in action by John of England’s barons which would cause the French to completely deprive John of his lands in England.

Eleanor of Brittany as the wife of the future French King would swear vengeance upon John herself along with her husband as soon as she heard of the news that her brother is dead.

John would not be able to have a peaceful sleep knowing that the French would be his enemies, on the death of his mother, Philippe II would confiscate her own duchy of Aquitaine causing the end of the Plantagenets on France, after the birth of his grandson, Philippe.

Eleanor of Brittany would give birth to the following children, Philippe b. 1202, Constance b. 1204, Mathilde b. 1205, William b. 1206, Eleanor b. 1209, Charles, Count of Anjou and Maine b. 1210, Richard, Count of Toulouse and Provence b. 1215, Elizabeth b. 1218 and Arthur, Count of Anjou and Maine b. 1220.

Chapter 4

On 1200, Constance of Brittany would give birth to another son, named Conan with her husband Guy of Thouars preventing the annexation of Brittany to France.

The son would ensure that Brittany would be an independent player between England and France, however the marriage of his sister would help Brittany in the long run as the regency of Brittany since the death of Duke Arthur is good to France, his sister’s country and a betrothal between Princess Berengaria of Portugal and Conan V of Brittany is made with the suggestion of Queen Ingeborg of France to her estranged husband Philippe II instead of Princess Marie of France who she treated as a bastard of the King’s chosen bride, Conan V and Berengaria would have three children namely, John(1218), Berengaria(1220) and Arthur(1223).

Another shenanigan that Ingeborg would approve is the marriage between her brother, Valdemar to Marie of France as she would consider it as a settlement for her being humiliated by her husband, Marie of France would be known as a dutiful bride to her husband.

Chapter 5


“Albigensian Crusade

Lastours and the castle of Cabaret

By the time operations resumed in 1211, the actions of Arnaud-Amaury and Simon de Montfort had alienated several important lords, including Raymond de Toulouse, who had been excommunicated again. The Crusaders returned in force to Lastours in March and Pierre-Roger de Cabaret soon agreed to surrender. In May the castle of Aimery de Montréal was retaken; he and his senior knights were hanged, and several hundred Cathars were burned. Cassès fell easily in early June. Afterwards, Simon marched towards Montferrand, where Raymond had placed his brother, Baldwin, in command. After a short siege, Baldwin signed an agreement to abandon the fort in return for swearing an oath to go free and to not fight again against the Crusaders. Baldwin briefly returned to Raymond, but afterward defected to the Crusaders and remained loyal to them thereafter. After taking Montferrand, the Crusaders headed for Toulouse. The town was besieged, but for once the attackers were short of supplies and men, and Simon de Montfort withdrew before the end of the month. Emboldened, Raymond de Toulouse led a force to attack Montfort at Castelnaudary in September. Montfort broke free from the siege but Castelnaudary fell that December to Raymond's troops and Raymond's forces went on to liberate over thirty towns before the counter-attack ground to a halt at Lastours in the autumn where he died in action and his son, his namesake would die of mysterious causes shortly.”

Eleanor of Brittany would be happy that at last she had gained the inheritance of her ancestor, Philippa of Toulouse back and Louis VIII was able to enforce it not like his grand father to Eleanor’s namesake Grandmother.

Chapter 6

On 1216, a barons war against King John of England would erupt and would invite Prince Louis of France as the King of France as the descendant of William the Conqueror and dejure uxoris for Eleanor of Brittany and he and Eleanor would make a voyage to England to reclaim the lost throne and Eleanor would give birth to two last children, Richard and Elizabeth on England and she and her husband would war with King John I.

King John's death in October 1216 caused many of the rebellious barons to desert Louis in favour of John's nine-year-old son, Henry III, however Eleanor and Louis would negotiate with the barons to recognize William, the second son of Eleanor of Brittany and Louis VIII as the King of England instead of the son of King John and she would brought forward her daughter, Constance of France as the bride of Alexander of Scotland to marry the King and Eleanor and Louis VIII would sign Magna Carta for their son, William.

Isabella of Angouleme and her sons would leave for Angouleme and remarry to Hugh of Lusignan and reclaim her inheritance of Angouleme while her children would be under the care of William Marshal who would go to Ireland and establish a separate Kingdom of Ireland that claims the Kingdom of England as they would rule it as the rulers of Ireland itself and they would try to invade England again on 1221 without success.

On 1217 due to the success of Eleanor of Brittany and Louis VIII, the two would remain on England until 1218 and they would assign the Duke of Champagne as their regent for England for William III until his majority on 1221 when he married Mahaut of Boulogne uniting the Blesvin and Angevin claims and set for England for him to start his own rule.

Chapter 7

Eleanor of Brittany would hold her grandmother’s vase in St Denis as she is already in her late 30s in 1220, she is happy that she has accomplished everything that her grandmother had wanted in her life.

Eleanor of Brittany would say to the Vase

“Grand Mother, Eleanor, my namesake, I had done everything, I have now succeeded as the Queen of France what you did not even succeed in your first marriage.”

Eleanor of Brittany understood that her marriage was just like her grandmother’s it is a dynastic marriage and for peace between England and France.

Eleanor of Brittany would remember her dead uncles and her dead mother who have died already on 1202 as well as her sister, Matilda of Brittany, the Duchess of Austria, as well as her dead brother, she felt so alone.

Eleanor of Brittany would be shock back into her senses and decided to focus on grooming her son, Philippe as the next King and also the arrival of Princess Berengaria of Castile, the Younger, she would feel excited about meeting her a distant relative of hers.

She would be sad to see her daughter Mathilde go as she would be married to Ferdinand III of Castile but she should accept as that would be for the good of the Kingdom.

Chapter 8

On June 18, 1218, Alexander officially settled the lands Jedburgh, Hassendean, Kinghorn and Crail to Constance as her personal income. She and Alexander married on June 21, 1218 at York Minster. Alexander was twenty. Constance was almost fourteen. Queen Constance at first did not have a strong position at the Scottish court, which was dominated by her mother-in-law, queen dowager Ermengarde but Constance and Ermengarde would be fond of each other. Her English and French connections nevertheless made her important regardless of her personal qualities. Constance accompanied Alexander to England in September 1236 at Newcastle, and in September 1237 at York, during the negotiations with her brother King William III of England over disputed northern territories. In York, Joan and her sister-in-law Mahaut of Boulogne agreed to make a pilgrimage to Thomas Becket's shrine in Canterbury.

Constance died in the arms of her brothers King Philippe III of France and William III of England in 1238, and was buried at the Abbey of St Genevieve in Paris.

Constance of France and Alexander II of Scotland would have the following children;

Margaret of Scotland b. 1219 – married to Sancho II of Portugal

Alexander III of Scotland b. 1220 – married to Marie de Coucy

David b. 1230

In 1221, Matilda of Boulogne married her husband, William III of England, a younger, son Louis VIII of France and Eleanor of Brittany. By marriage to her, William III of England became her co-ruler of Boulogne, Mortain, Aumale and Dammartin-en-Goële.

She would

Matilda of Boulogne and William III of England would have the following children;

Henry III of England b. 1221 – married to Eleanor of Provence

Joanna of England b. 1223 – Third wife of Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor

Louis of England b. 1230 – abbot

Children of Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor

Chapter 18

On 1220, the heir of France, Philippe would marry the Beautiful Princess of Castile, Berengaria, she would be a shameless woman and have inherited her mother, Berengaria’s traits, Berengaria is a cousin of Eleanor of who she did not know and Berengaria is said to be bad to her stepchildren including Ferdinand, the father of the future King of Leon and even separated Blanche of Castile from her childen.

Berengaria would now be known as Princess Berengiere but she has some power issues in the court and would even control her husband on 1225, when Louis VIII died, the new queen Berengiere would have convinced her husband to send her mother Eleanor of Brittany to England rather than stay in France which would enable her to dominate her husband, Philippe III.

Children of Berengaria of Castile and Philippe III of France

Louis XI b. 1221 m. Maria of Denmark

Blanche b. 1224 m. Theobald II of Navarre

Isabella b. 1230 m. Alfonso III of Aragon

Robert b. 1232 m. Agnes of Dampiere, Lady of Bourbon

On 1240, the Dowager Queen Eleanor, Duchess of Brittany would stay weary and her son, Philippe III have taken all of her duties and her sons have their own families, she had a difficult relationship with her daughter in law, Berengaria who is just like her cousin, Berengaria and thought about the lives of her three daughters, Constance, Matilda and Eleanor who served as Queens of Scotland, Castile and Denmark and that her final daughter Elizabeth have refused to marry and entered the Fontravraud abbaye as a nun, she would dream that her fourth daughter would be a saint in the future which she would tell her son William III, those were among her last words.

She would tell her son, William III.

“I have worn two crowns and given those to you two, Philippe and William.”

The Queen would rest and die in the arms of her second son, William III and his wife Matilda of Boulogne, who she preferred as her own daughter in law, she rested in Bristol in Amesbury Eleanor's final choice of burial place was about the fate of her brother Arthur, as the abbey was dedicated to Virgin Mary and St Melor, a young Breton prince murdered by his wicked uncle who usurped his throne, later her remains would be transferred in St Denis Cathedral by her son Philippe III so that she would be buried beside his father when he learned that his mother had died, Queen Berengaria would be less amused, during this time, the Dowager Queen Ingeborg has died as well.