Antonio Manrique de Lara, 2nd Duke of Nájera
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Antonio Manrique de Lara, 2nd Duke of Nájera (died December 13, 1535) was a Spanish noble and military leader, and Viceroy of Navarre between 1516 and 1521.
He was the second son of Pedro Manrique de Lara, captain general of Army of Navarre and capitán general de la Frontera de Aragón, Navarra y Jaén. His mother was Guiomar de Castro.
His father was named 1st Duke of Nájera by Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile on August 30 1482. Antonio became second Duke in 1515, when his father died. He was also 3rd Count of Treviño.
Appointed viceroy of Navarre by Cardinal Cisneros in 1516, he was ordered to pacify the newly conquered Kingdom. But he acted in such a brutal manner, that he became much hated by the Navarrese. When the son of the former King of Navarre, Henry II sent a large French/Navarrese army commanded by General André de Foix to reconquer his Kingdom, the Navarrese population supported them and in less than three weeks, all of Navarre was retaken.
After the reconquest of the Kingdom by the Spanish, Antonio was sidelined and retired to his estates in La Rioja, where he died in 1535.
Marriage and children
He married in 1503 with Juana Cardona Y Enriquez (died 1547), sister of Fernando Ramon Folch, 2nd Duke of Cardona.
They had seven children :
- Juan Esteban (1504–1558), 3rd Duke of Nájera, knight in the Order of the Golden Fleece.
- Aldonza, no issue.
- Guiomar (died 1543), no issue.
- Juan Fernandéz (1508–1570), viceroy of Naples in 1558, had issue.
- Rodrigo, had issue.
- María, no issue.
- Bernardino (died 1591), had issue.