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Petronilla of Aragon

On the day, 15 October 1173, Petronilla of Aragon passed away. She was my three-times 27th great-grandmother.

Born on 29 June 1136, in Huesca, Spain, Petronilla was the only child of Ramiro of Aragon and his wife Agnes of Aquitaine.

Prior to his marriage to Agnes of Aquitaine, Ramiro of Aragon had been the bishop of Barbastro-Roda, When his brother, Alfonso I, died in 1134 without an heir, Ramiro was elected as ruler. Ramiro sought papal dispensation to abdicate his monastic vows in order to secure succession to the throne. After he received dispensation, Ramiro of Aragon married Agnes of Aquitaine in 1135.

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The Magna Carta

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Today, 15 June 2017, marks the 802nd anniversary of the Magna Carta, a document that has played a crucial role in the development of human rights, liberty, and the rule of law all around the world.

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Order of the Garter

On this day, 23 April, in the year of our Lord 1348, the Most Noble Order of the Garter, the highest order of chivalry and the third most prestigious honor in the United Kingdom, was founded. The Order is dedicated to Saint George, England’s patron saint.

The Order’s emblem is a garter with the motto “Honi soit qui mal y pense.”—”Shame on him who thinks evil of it.” Members of the order wear this emblem on ceremonial occasions.

At the time of its foundation, the Order consisted of King Edward III, together with 25 founder knights, listed in ascending order of stall number in St. George’s Chapel. They are all depicted in individual portraits in the Bruges Garter Book, circa 1431.

Listed below are my ancestors who founded or were inducted into the Order of the Garter:

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Jeanne de Navarre

On this day, 2 April, in the year 1305, Jeanne de Navarre died. She was my 22nd great-grandmother.

Born on 14 January 1273, in the Champagne region of France, Jeanne was the daughter of Henri “le Gros” de Navarre and Blanche d’Artois.

Sadly, she never had the opportunity to know her father, as he died on 22 July 1274; Jeanne was only a year and a half old.

Upon the death of her father, Jeanne became Countess of Champagne and queen regnant of Navarre. Her mother served as her guardian and regent in Navarre. Various powers, both foreign and local, sought to take advantage of the minority of the heiress and the perceived weakness of the female regent; consequently, her mother sought protection at the court of Philip III of France.

In 1274, Blanche and young Jeanne arrived in France. In 1275, by the Treaty of Orléans, Jeanne was betrothed to the king’s son, and Blanche placed both her daughter and Navarre under the protection of Philip III of France.

On 16 August 1284, at the age of 11, Joan married Philip IV of France.

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John Beaufort

On this day, 16 March 1410, John Beaufort passed away. He was my 18th great-grandfather through his daughter Joan and my 19th great-grandfather through his son Edmund.

Born circa 1373, John Beaufort was the eldest child of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster, and his mistress Katherine Swynford.

In both 1390 and 1397, John and his siblings were declared legitimate by Parliament, as well as by the Pope in September 1396, after his parents were married. Despite being made legitimate by both the church and state, Henry IV barred John and his Beaufort siblings from succession to the throne, even though they too were the grandchildren of Edward III.

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