Beatrice of Portugal, Duchess of Savoy

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Infanta Beatrice
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Duchess consort of Savoy
Sovereign Countess of Asti
Tenure 29 September 1521 – 8 January 1538
Spouse Charles III, Duke of Savoy
Issue Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy
House House of Aviz
Father Manuel I of Portugal
Mother Maria of Aragon
Born 31 December 1504
Died 8 January 1538
Religion Roman Catholicism

Infanta Beatrice of Portugal (Portuguese pronunciation: [biɐˈtɾiʃ]); Portuguese: Beatriz) (December 31, 1504 – January 8, 1538) was Duchess of Savoy by marriage.


She was the second daughter of Manuel I of Portugal (1469–1521) and his second wife, Maria of Aragon (1482–1517). Her siblings included King John III of Portugal and Holy Roman Empress Isabella.

Marriage and children[edit]

In Villefranche-sur-Mer on 8 April 1521, Beatrice married Charles III, Duke of Savoy. He had succeeded as the Duke of Savoy since 1504, making Beatrice Duchess consort at the moment of her wedding. They had nine children:

  • Adrian John Amadeus, Prince of Piedmont (19 November 1522 - 10 January 1523).
  • Louis, Prince of Piedmont (4 December 1523 - Madrid, 25 November 1536).
  • Emmanuel Philibert (Chambéry, 8 July 1528 - Turin, 30 August 1580); only surviving child and later Duke of Savoy.
  • Catherine (25 November 1529 - May 1536).
  • Marie (12 January 1530 - 1531).
  • Isabella (May 1532 - 24 September 1533).
  • Emmanuel (born and died May 1533).
  • Emmanuel (born and died may 1534).
  • John (3 December 1537 - 8 January 1538).

After the death of the childless Sebastian of Portugal (her grand-nephew), her son fought for his rights to become King of Portugal, however he failed and the throne was given to Isabella's son Philip.

Sovereign Countess of Asti[edit]

In 1531, she received as a fiefdom, from her cousin and brother-in-law, the emperor Charles V, the County of Asti which, on her death, was inherited by her son and permanentely included on the Savoy's heritage.


  • Aldo di Ricaldone: Annuari del Monferrato, Vol I and II.
  • Testa D., Storia del Monferrato, seconda edizione ampliata, Tip.S.Giuseppe 1951.
  • Vergano L.: Storia di Asti, Vol. 1,2,3. Tip.S.Giuseppe Asti, 1953, 1957.
  • Edgar Prestage: Il Portogallo nel medioevo, in: Cambridge University Press - Storia del mondo medievale, vol. VII, pp. 576–610, Garzanti, 1999.

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