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Beatrice, Countess of Alburquerque

Beatrice, Countess of Alburquerque

Poeruguese infanta
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Poeruguese infanta
Gender female
Birth Coimbra
Death July 5, 1381 (Ledesma)
Family
Mother: Inês de Castro
Father: Peter I of Portugal
Siblings: Ferdinand I of PortugalInfante JohnDuke of Valencia de CamposJohn I of PortugalInfante DinísLord of Cifuentes
Spouse: Sancho Alfonso1st Count of Alburquerque
Children: Eleanor of Alburquerque
The details
Biography

Infanta Beatrice of Portugal (Portuguese pronunciation: [biɐˈtɾiʃ]; Portuguese: Beatriz; c.1347/51-1381) was the daughter of Portuguese King Peter I and a Galician noblewoman called Inês de Castro.

Life

Beatrice was born in Coimbra around the period of 1347–1351. Beatrice's entitlement to be considered an Infanta (Princess) of Portugal is debatable. Some historians consider her a natural daughter of Peter I, so the title Infanta of Portugal could never be attributed to her. Other opinions assert that the death of Inês de Castro was ordered by Peter's father King Afonso IV of Portugal; after inheriting the throne, the Prince admitted that he had married Inês secretly, and she was thus a lawful Queen of Portugal.

Beatrice became Countess of Alburquerque when she married Sancho Alfonso, 1st Count of Alburquerque (1373). They had two children: Don Fernando Sánchez, 2nd Count of Alburquerque, and Doña Eleanor of Alburquerque, who married Ferdinand I of Aragon. She died in 1381.

Ancestry

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