|Blanche of Navarre|
|Duchess consort of Brittany|
|Died||12 August 1283|
Abbey de la Joie, Hennebont
|Spouse||John I, Duke of Brittany|
| John II, Duke of Brittany |
Peter, Lord of Hade
Alix, Countess of Châtillon
|Father||Theobald I of Navarre|
|Mother||Agnes of Beaujeu|
Blanche of Navarre (1226 – 12 August 1283), also known as Blanche of Champagne, was the daughter of Theobald the Troubador, King of Navarre and Count of Champagne,and his second wife Agnes of Beaujeu. She was a member of the House of Champagne. By her marriage to John I, Duke of Brittany, she became Duchess consort of Brittany.
Blanche was firstly betrothed to Otto III, Count of Burgundy;the marriage contract was signed on 16 January 1236. However, the engagement was broken.
Blanche was instead married in 1236 to John I, Duke of Brittany:the main reason he married Blanche was so he could get Navarre, and Theobald did make John heir to the throne. However, John renounced the claim after Margaret of Bourbon bore Theobald two sons.
Blanche and John had:
Of their eight children, only their eldest three lived to adulthood.
In 1270 Blanche founded the Abbey de la Joie near Hennebont; she was later buried there. She died in 1283; her husband outlived her by three years. Blanche outlived six of her eight children.
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Alice of Champagne was the queen consort of Cyprus from 1210 to 1218, regent of Cyprus from 1218 to 1223, and of Jerusalem from 1243 to 1246. She was the eldest daughter of Queen Isabella I of Jerusalem and Count Henry II of Champagne. In 1210, Alice married her step-brother King Hugh I of Cyprus, receiving the County of Jaffa as dowry. After her husband's death in 1218, she assumed the regency for their infant son, King Henry I. In time, she began seeking contacts within her father's counties in France to bolster her claim to Champagne and Brie against her cousin, Theobald IV. However, the kings of France never acknowledged her claim.
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Blanca of Navarre may refer to:
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