Did you know there actually used to be a cross at Charing Cross? Of course, it's not there now, but it was once the last in a series of monuments built between 1291 and 1294 marking the place where the funeral procession of Eleanor of Castile rested each night on its way from Lincoln to London. There is some debate about whether she was the saint some historians made her out to be, but as a romance writer, I like the story of the devotion of her husband in erecting the 12 crosses in her memory.
When Eleanor of Castile died on this day in 1290, it is said that her husband was heartbroken. He and Eleanor were devoted to each other; they had gone on a Crusade together and she had borne him 17 children. Unfortunately, 10 of them died before age 12.Today's question: Who was Eleanor's husband?
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