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Eleanor of Navarre

Eleanor of Navarre

Queen regnant of Navarre
The basics
Quick Facts
Occupations Politician
Countries Spain
A.K.A. Eleanor of Aragon
Gender female
Birth February 2, 1426 (Olite)
Death February 12, 1479 (Tudela)
Mother: Blanche I of Navarre
Father: John II of Aragon
Siblings: Ferdinand II of AragonCharlesPrince of VianaAlfonso de Aragón y de EscobarMartin of AragonHeir of SicilyJoanna of AragonQueen of NaplesBlanche II of Navarre
Spouse: Gaston IVCount of Foix
Children: Gaston of FoixPrince of VianaJohn of FoixViscount of NarbonneMargaret of FoixCatherine of FoixCountess of CandalePierre de Foixle jeuneMarie de FoixGiacomo di FoixJoan of FoixCountess of Armagnac
The details

Eleanor of Aragon (Basque: Leonor and Spanish: Leonor) (2 February 1426 – 12 February 1479), Regent (1455–1479) and the queen regnant of Navarre in 1479. She was crowned on 28 January 1479 in Tudela.


Coat of arms of Queen Eleanor

She was born in Olite, Navarre (now Spain), the third and youngest child of King John II of Aragon and Queen Blanche I of Navarre and the younger sister of Blanche II of Navarre. She was born 2 February 1426, and was acclaimed by the Cortes in Pamplona, 9 August 1427, as the legitimate heir of Charles IV, and Blanche II in succession to their mother. After their mother's death, however, their father occupied Navarre.

She married Gaston IV, Count of Foix, in 1441. In 1442, Eleanor moved with her spouse to Bearn. In 1455, her father deposed her brother and her sister as heirs of Navarre and proclaimed Eleanor as the heir and the regent and general governor of Navarre, and she moved to Sangüesa. She continued as regent after the death of her brother in 1461. In 1462, she signed the treaty of Olite, where she recognized her father as the monarch of Navarre and accepted to have her sister Blanche imprisoned under her care.

In 1464, Blanche died in her care, suspected to have been poisoned. By the treaty, she was recognized by her father as the heir of Navarre and his regent (governor) in Navarre. In 1468, her father killed her advisor Nicolas de Etchabarri, and deposed her as governor. In 1471, however, her father recognized her as the governor of Navarre until his death. At her father's death in 1479, she gave her oath as the monarch of Navarre, and died two weeks later at Tudela, Navarre, aged 53.

Marriage and children

In 1441, she married Gaston IV, count of Foix, and had the following children with him:

  • Gaston (1444–1470), he married Magdalena of France in 1462 and their children Francis and Catherine both succeeded to Navarre in turn upon the death of their grandmother Eleanor.
  • Peter (1449–1490), cardinal and bishop of Arles,
  • John (1450–1500), viscount of Narbonne, whose daughter Germaine of Foix was second wife to Ferdinand II of Aragon.
  • Marie (1452–1467), married William VIII, marquess of Montferrat.
  • Joan (1454–1476), married John V, count of Armagnac.
  • Margaret (1458–1486), married Francis II, duke of Brittany.
  • Catherine (1460–1494), married Gaston II de Foix, Count of Candale and Benauges.
  • Isabella (1462–?), married Guy de Pons, viscount of Turenne.
  • Anne (born and died 1464).
  • Eleanor (1467–1480), engaged firstly with Charles, duke de Guyenne (who died in 1472) and secondly with the duke of Medinacelli, but she died before the wedding.
  • James (1469–1500), count of Cortes, married Catherine of Beaumont.


16. Henry II of Castile (=14)
8. John I of Castile
17. Juana Manuel (=15)
4. Ferdinand I of Aragon
18. Peter IV of Aragon
9. Eleanor of Aragon
19. Eleanor of Sicily
2. John II of Aragon
20. Alfonso XI of Castile (=28)
10. Sancho Alfonso, 1st Count of Alburquerque
21. Eleanor of Guzman (=29)
5. Eleanor of Alburquerque
22. Peter I of Portugal
11. Infanta Beatrice of Portugal
23. Inês de Castro
1. Eleanor of Navarre
24. Philip III of Navarre
12. Charles II of Navarre
25. Joan II of Navarre
6. Charles III of Navarre
26. John II of France
13. Joan of Valois
27. Bonne of Bohemia
3. Blanche I of Navarre
28. Alfonso XI of Castile (=20)
14. Henry II of Castile (=16)
29. Eleanor of Guzman (=21)
7. Eleanor of Castile
30. Juan Manuel, Prince of Villena
15. Juana Manuel (=17)
31. Blanca de La Cerda y Lara

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