Eleanor, Fair Maid of Brittany

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First Name Eleanor,
Middle Name Fair Maid Of
Last Name Brittany
Birthday 30th November, 1183
Died 10th August, 1241
Nationality British

Eleanor the "Fair Maid of Brittany", 5th Countess of Richmond (c. 1184 – 10 August 1241), sometimes referred as Pearl of Brittany for her peerless beauty, was the daughter of Geoffrey Plantagenet and Constance, Duchess of Brittany. As the rightful heiress to England since 1203 and thus a potential threat to the throne of her uncle John of England and cousin Henry III of England, she was imprisoned from 1202 and thus became the longest imprisoned member of an English royal family, which also led to her succession failure to the dukedom of Brittany. Like Empress Matilda and later Elizabeth of York, her claim to the English throne gained little support from barons, due to the incompletion of English succession law when female rights were somehow ignored. Some commented that her lifelong imprisonment was "the most unjustifiable act of King John".

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