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Eleanor of Sicily

Eleanor of Sicily

Queen of aragon
The basics
Quick Facts
Gender female
Birth January 1, 1325 (Paternò, Province of Catania, Sicily, Italy)
Death January 1, 1375 (Lleida, Segrià, Ponent, Catalonia)
Family
Mother: Elizabeth of Carinthia, Queen of Sicily
Father: Peter II of Sicily
Siblings: LouisKing of SicilyFrederick III the SimpleEuphemia of SicilyBeatrice of SicilyConstance of SicilyBianca d'Aragona
Spouse: Peter IV of Aragon
Children: John I of AragonMartin of AragonEleanor of Aragon, Queen of Castile
The details
Biography

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

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

Coat of arms of Queen Eleanor

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:

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.

Ancestry

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References
http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/ARAGON%20&%20CATALONIA.htm#PedroIVdied1387B
http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/SICILY.htm#Eleonoradied1375
http://isni.org/isni/0000000035443646
https://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n94081999
https://viaf.org/viaf/31230286
https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q241635
https://www.worldcat.org/identities/containsVIAFID/31230286
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