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1165: Urraca of Zamora

Infanta of Zamora

Born: c.1033, Present-day León, Spain

Died: c.1101, Present-day León, Spain

Urraca was one of five siblings who split their father (Ferdinand the Great)’s empire after his death. Urraca was bequeathed the city of Zamora and ruled with palatine authority over the walled city.

Urraca’s eldest brother tried to take over their father’s entire empire, but Urraca stood up to him and allegedly killed him before going back to her castle and ruling peacefully for the rest of her life; possibly retiring to a convent near the end.

And that’s about all that is known of Urraca, which isn’t surprising given that she lived right around a thousand years ago.

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