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Blanche of Navarre, 23rd Great-Grandmother

January 2, 2014

Blanche of Navarre

Blanche of Navarre

Blanche of Navarre, Countess of Champagne, was pregnant when her young husband died in the Crusades.  Times were not easy for royal women in those times, but she managed well.

Blanche Of Navarre (1180 – 1229)
is my 23rd great grandmother
Teobaldo I Navarre (1201 – 1253)
son of Blanche Of Navarre
Henry I Enrique I LeGros Navarre (1244 – 1274)
son of Teobaldo I Navarre
Joan I Navarre (1273 – 1305)
daughter of Henry I Enrique I LeGros Navarre
Lady Isabella England D Capet (1292 – 1358)
daughter of Joan I Navarre
Edward Plantagenet (1312 – 1377)
son of Lady Isabella England D Capet
John Gaunt Plantagenet (1340 – 1399)
son of Edward Plantagenet
Elizabeth Plantagenet (1364 – 1425)
daughter of John Gaunt Plantagenet
John Holland (1395 – 1447)
son of Elizabeth Plantagenet
Henry Holland (1430 – 1475)
son of John Holland
Henry Holland (1485 – 1561)
son of Henry Holland
Henry Holland (1527 – 1561)
son of Henry Holland
John Holland (1556 – 1628)
son of Henry Holland
Francis Gabriell Holland (1596 – 1660)
son of John Holland
John Holland (1628 – 1710)
son of Francis Gabriell Holland
Mary Elizabeth Holland (1620 – 1681)
daughter of John Holland
Richard Dearden (1645 – 1747)
son of Mary Elizabeth Holland
George Dearden (1705 – 1749)
son of Richard Dearden
George Darden (1734 – 1807)
son of George Dearden
David Darden (1770 – 1820)
son of George Darden
Minerva Truly Darden (1806 – 1837)
daughter of David Darden
Sarah E Hughes (1829 – 1911)
daughter of Minerva Truly Darden
Lucinda Jane Armer (1847 – 1939)
daughter of Sarah E Hughes
George Harvey Taylor (1884 – 1941)
son of Lucinda Jane Armer
Ruby Lee Taylor (1922 – 2008)
daughter of George Harvey Taylor
Pamela Morse
I am the daughter of Ruby Lee Taylor

Blanche of Navarre, Countess of Champagne Spouse Theobald III of Champagne Noble family House of Jiménez Father Sancho VI of Navarre Mother Sancha of Castile Born 1177 Died23 March 1229
Blanche of Navarre (1177-1229) was Countess-consort of Champagne, then Regent of Champagne, and finally also regent of her native kingdom of Navarre.

She was the youngest daughter of Sancho VI of Navarre (d. 1194) and Sancha of Castile. Her maternal grandparents were Alfonso VII of Castile and Berenguela of Barcelona. Her eldest brother, Sancho VII of Navarre, succeeded their father as King of Navarre and was the last male descendant of the first dynasty of Kings of Navarre, the Pamplona dynasty, dying childless. Her brother, Ramiro of Navarre, was Bishop of Pamplona and her elder sister, Berengaria of Navarre, married Richard I of England and Aquitaine, the northern neighbour of their kingdom.
Life
Blanche married Count Theobald III of Champagne, who died young in 1201, leaving her pregnant. When she gave birth to a son, he immediately became Count Theobald IV of Champagne (1201–53). Blanche ruled the county as regent until Theobald turned 21 in 1222. The regency was plagued by a number of difficulties. Blanche’s brother-in-law, count Henry II had left behind a great deal of debt, which had not been paid off when Theobald III died.
Furthermore, their son Theobald IV’s right to the succession of Champagne was challenged by Henry’s daughter Philippa and her husband, Erard I of Brienne, Count of Ramerupt and one of the more powerful Champagne nobles. The conflict with the Briennes broke into open warfare in 1215, in what became known as the Champagne War of Succession, and was not resolved until after Theobald came of age in 1222. At that time Theobald and Blanche bought out their rights for a substantial monetary payment. Blanche had also arranged the dowry of Henry II’s elder daughter Alice of Champagne, when she married the young Hugh I of Cyprus. In the 1230s, in order to settle with Alice, Theobald IV had to sell his overlordship over the counties of Blois, Sancerre, and Châteaudun to Louis IX of France.
Since some barons suspected Theobald for having a hand in the death of Louis VIII, Blanche of Castile withdrew his invitation to the coronation of Louis IX and proffered it to Blanche instead.
Blanche also took over administration of the kingdom of Navarre when her brother Sancho VII went into retirement (“El Encerrado”). Blanche died in 1229, her brother in retirement remaining as King of Navarre and her son Theobald continuing as Count of Champagne. Their eldest sister, Berengaria of Navarre, Queen of England, died without issue in 1232, leaving Sancho as the sole surviving child of Sancho VI. When he died in 1234, Blanca’s son Theobald IV of Champagne was recognised as the next King of Navarre. Theobald had married twice during Blanca’s lifetime and had one daughter by his second wife, Blanche, by the time of Blanche of Navarre’s death. However, he later had children by his third wife including Theobald II of Navarre and Henry I of Navarre.

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(N.B. – See my prior descents for 1st few generations)

Elizabeth Plantagenet (1364-1425)
daughter of John of Gaunt
John Holland, 2nd Duke of Exeter (1395 – 1447)
is your 16th great grandfather
Henry Holland, 3rd Duke of Exeter (1430 – 1475)
son of John Holland, 2nd Duke of Exeter
Thomas Holland (1461 – 1501)
son of Henry Holland, 3rd Duke of Exeter
Henry Holland (1485 – 1561)
son of Thomas Holland
Henry Holland (1527 – 1561)
son of Henry Holland
John Holland (1556 – 1628)
son of Henry Holland
Francis Gabriel Holland (1596 – 1660)
son of John Holland
John Holland (1628 – 1710)
son of Francis Gabriel Holland
Mary Elizabeth Holland
daughter of John Holland
Richard Dearden (1645 – 1710)
son of Mary Elizabeth Holland
Richard Dearden (1679 – 1747)
son of Richard Dearden
George Dearden (1705 – 1749)
son of Richard Dearden
Ann Dearden (1755 – 1781)
daughter of George Dearden
William B Lucy (1779 – 1823)
son of Ann Dearden
Sarah Ann Lucy (1811 – 1866)
daughter of William B Lucy
Burwell Christmas Evans (1844 – 1889)
son of Sarah Ann Lucy
Ethel Evans (1887 – 1981)
daughter of Burwell Christmas Evans
Ethel Bennett (1917 – 2013)
daughter of Ethel Evans
Frederick Edward Rehfeldt
You are the son of Ethel Bennett –

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Frederick Edward rehfeldt

January 3, 2014

I first noticed Mermaid Camp by accident. I was running search engines on the Dearden family, and found your Dearden descent which confirmed most of my Dearden descent. Really cool. Of course, I knew my Dearden descent was correct per Ancestry, Genie and others before that.

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Frederick Edward rehfeldt

January 3, 2014

I meet a few other relatives this way also, Rick, but our tree is the most entwined…

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January 3, 2014

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