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Gaston, Prince of Viana

Gaston, Prince of Viana

Father of King Francis I of Navarre
The basics
Quick Facts
Gender male
Birth January 1, 1444
Death November 23, 1470 (Libourne, canton of Libourne, arrondissement of Libourne, Gironde)
Mother: Eleanor of Navarre
Father: Gaston IVCount of Foix
Siblings: Giacomo di FoixJohn of FoixViscount of NarbonnePierre de Foixle jeuneMargaret of FoixMarie de FoixCatherine of FoixCountess of CandaleJoan of FoixCountess of Armagnac
Spouse: Magdalena of Valois
Children: Francis Phoebus of NavarreCatherine of Navarre
The details

Gaston, Prince of Viana, also called Gaston de Foix (1444 – 23 November 1470), was the son of Gaston IV of Foix and Eleanor of Navarre, and was the heir of both. As a Prince of Navarre, he was called Prince of Viana.

He married Magdalena of Valois, a daughter of Charles VII of France and Marie of Anjou on 7 March 1461 at Lescar. They had two children:

  • Francis I of Navarre, 1466–1483, King of Navarre 1479–1483
  • Catherine I of Navarre, 1470–1518, Queen-regnant of Navarre 1483–1518

Gaston died in 1470 from wounds received in a jousting tournament in Libourne, Aquitaine, before his accession to the throne of Navarre. Consequently, Francis I and Catherine I rose to the throne successively, but it was Gaston's wife Magdalena who actually pulled the strings of the crown all the way to Catherine's marriage to John III of Albret in 1494, and her death in 1495.

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