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Elvira Menéndez (died 1022)

Elvira Menéndez (died 1022)

Spanish queen
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Quick Facts
Intro Spanish queen
Gender female
Death December 20, 1022
Father: Menendo González
Spouse: Alfonso V of León
Children: Bermudo III of LeónSancha of León
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Elvira Menéndez, (Portuguese and Galician: Elvira Mendes; c. 996 – 2 December 1022), was a queen consort of Leon by marriage to King Alfonso V.


She was a member of the highest ranks of the nobility of Portugal and Galicia as the daughter of count Menendo González, Count of Portucale and his wife Toda (also known as Tutadomna, Tota),.

She became Queen Consort of León as the wife of King Alfonso V with whom she was raised as a child. Her father, Menendo, was a member of the curia regis of King Bermudo II of León and the tutor and co-regent, jointly with Queen Elvira Garcia, of Infante Alfonso, who later ruled as Alfonso V of León.

Queen Elvira died on 2 December 1022 and was buried in the Royal Pantheon of the Basilica of San Isidoro in León.


Elvira had two children with Alfonso V whom she married in 1013:

  • Bermudo III of León, killed in 1037 in the Battle of Tamarón by count Ferdinand who was married to Sancha, Bermudo's sister;
  • Sancha of León, queen of León and the wife of Ferdinand I.

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