Fact of the day: 13th August

On this day in 1382 Eleanor of Aragon, Queen of Castile died.

Eleanor was the youngest child and only daughter of her father by his third marriage. Eleanor was a sister of John I of Aragon and Martin of Aragon. She was a half-sister of Constance, Queen of Sicily, Joanna, Countess of Ampurias and Isabella, Countess of Urgell.

On the death of Eleanor’s mother in 1375, her father married Sibila of Fortia, who had been Eleanor of Sicily’s lady-in-waiting. This caused disagreements between King Peter and his children especially John.download (2)

At Soria on the 18 June 1375, Eleanor married John I of Castile. Her marriage was arranged as part of the arrangements for peace between Aragon and Castile agreed at Almazán on the 12 April 1374 and at Lérida on the 10 May 1375.

Eleanor’s maternal grandparents were Peter II of Sicily and his wife Elisabeth of Carinthia, granddaughter of Henry V, Duke of Legnica and Elisabeth of Kalisz. Eleanor’s paternal grandparents were Alfonso IV of Aragon and his first wife Teresa d’Entença.

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