María de Molina
María de Molina märē´ä dā mōlē´nä [key], d. 1321, queen of Castile, consort of Sancho IV . As regent (1295–1301) for her son, Ferdinand IV , she defended his throne against several pretenders, who were at various times supported by France, Aragón, Portugal, Navarre, and Granada. After Ferdinand's death (1312), she acted as a guardian to her grandson Alfonso XI , while the regency was contested among his other relatives.
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