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Eleanor of Sicily

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Tenure
  
1349–1375

Religion
  
Roman Catholic

House
  
House of Aragon

Name
  
Eleanor Sicily

Father
  
Peter II of Sicily

Died
  
1375, Lleida, Spain

Mother
  
Elisabeth of Carinthia


Eleanor of Sicily

Issue
  
John I of Aragon Martin of Aragon Eleanor, Queen of Castile

Spouse
  
Peter IV of Aragon (m. 1349–1375)

Children
  
John I of Aragon, Eleanor of Aragon, Queen of Castile, Martin of Aragon

Parents
  
Peter II of Sicily, Elizabeth of Carinthia, Queen of Sicily

Grandchildren
  
Yolande of Aragon, Henry III of Castile, Ferdinand I of Aragon, Martin I of Sicily, Joanna of Aragon, Countess of Foix

Similar People
  
Peter IV of Aragon, John I of Aragon, Martin of Aragon, Violant of Bar, Maria de Luna

Eleanor of Sicily (1325–1375) was Queen of Aragon from 1349 until 1375 as the third wife of King Peter IV.

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Eleanor of Sicily FileTombs of Peter IV of Aragon and Eleanor of Sicily Monastery

Early life and family

Eleanor was the daughter of Peter II of Sicily and Elisabeth of Carinthia. She was the second of eight children, six of whom survived to adulthood.

Marriage

Eleanor married in Valencia on 27 August 1349 to Peter IV of Aragon, on the condition that he renounce all rights to any Sicilian Crown. He was twice-widowed, had two surviving daughters: Constance and Joanna but no surviving sons.

Eleanor became a powerful influence at the Aragonese court, replacing Bernardo de Cabrera as Peter's chief adviser.

Eleanor's brother Frederick III the Simple, married Constance of Aragon (Eleanor's stepdaughter). Frederick and Constance had a daughter, Maria, but no sons. Then in 1357 Frederick proposed to transfer the duchies of Athens and Neopatria to Eleanor in return for military help from her husband in Sicily, but was refused.

Eleanor and Peter had four children:

  • John I of Aragon (1350–1396), succeeded his father and was father himself of Yolande of Aragon, however he had no male issue so the throne passed to his younger brother
  • Martin I of Aragon (1356–1410), succeeded John but had no surviving issue
  • Eleanor (1358–1382), who married John I of Castile and was the mother of Ferdinand I of Aragon.
  • Alfonso (1362–1364), died young
  • In 1373 Eleanor's eldest son John married Martha of Armagnac, a calm and conciliatory woman. Eleanor treated Martha as her own daughter.

    Upon a royal stay at her home in Empordà, Eleanor made Sibila of Fortia her lady-in-waiting. This led to an eventful future for the girl.

    In Lérida on 20 April 1375, Eleanor died leaving her husband a widower and her three surviving children. Her husband remarried to Sibila, a girl that was over thirty years his junior. Most of the family, including Eleanor's children, came into conflict with Sibila.

    References

    Eleanor of Sicily Wikipedia


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