Berengaria was born in around 1165, the first girl to grace the cradle of King Sancho and Queen Sancha. Her life changed fourteen years later, in 1179, when her mother died prematurely.
In an age when princesses were a crown asset, her friends and subjects alike probably expected Berengaria to follow the traditional path and make a suitable marriage in the defence of the realm. However, Berengaria enjoyed her position ruling the royal household and developed an independence and self-assurance that was to set her in good stead when that eligible prince finally came a-calling. Or rather, when his mother did... Read More