Today in the Middle Ages: June 25, 1291

Eleanor of Provence, widow of King Henry III of England, died on June 25, 1291. She was one of four sisters who all became queens.

Eleanor married the King at the age of 12, having never seen him before their wedding day. An influential Queen, she lived out her life in her adopted country. She survived her husband and acted as an advisor to her son, Edward I. She spent her final few years in a convent, but it is uncertain whether she retired there voluntarily or was ordered to do so.