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Eleanor of Sicily

Queen of aragon
The basics
About
Date of birth Paternò, Province of Catania, Sicily, Italy
Date of death 1375 Lleida, Segrià, Ponent, Catalonia
Family
Mother: Elizabeth of Carinthia, Queen of Sicily
Brother(s): Louis King of Sicily Frederick III the Simple
Children: John I of Aragon Martin of Aragon Eleanor of Aragon, Queen of Castile
Sister(s): Euphemia of Sicily Beatrice of Sicily Constance of Sicily Bianca d'Aragona
Spouse: Peter IV of Aragon
Father: Peter II of Sicily
Authority Library of congress id VIAF id
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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