Bernardino Fernández de Velasco, 6th Duke of Frías

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Bernardino Fernández de Velasco, 6th Duke of Frias, Grandee of Spain,[1] (c. 1610 – 1652), was a Spanish nobleman and diplomat.

Biography[edit]

Bernardino Fernández de Velasco was the oldest son of Juan Fernández de Velasco and of María Angela de Aragón y Guzmán. He inherited the title of Constable of Castile and like his father, Bernardino was Governor of the Duchy of Milan between 1647 and 1648. He was also Viceroy of Aragon between 1645 and 1647. King John IV of Portugal was his nephew.

Descendants[edit]

In 1629, the Duke married Isabel María de Guzmán, with whom had four children. He married for a second time with María Enríquez Sarmiento de Mendoza, but they had no issue.

By Isabel María de Guzmán:

He got also at least another notorious bastard child, attributed however by some historians to his eldest son Iñigo, but quite probably, because of the time spans, perhaps his male son, namely:

French Influence in Europe since the Middle Ages, had made a common feature, the privilege of ruling kingdoms as a duty for adult males exclusively, with perhaps some exceptions in some of the medieval Spanish kingdoms in exceptional circumstances, (Aragon till the 13th century, Navarre till the ends of the 16th century and Castile till the middle of the 16th century). In spite of this, after a great deal of bloodshed, Habsburg Charles VI daughter was Maria Theresa (German: Maria Theresia Walburga Amalia Christina, 13 May 1717 – 29 November 1780), the only female sole ruler of the Habsburg dominions and the last of the House of Habsburg. She was the sovereign of Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Bohemia, Mantua, Milan, Lodomeria and Galitzia, the Austrian Netherlands, and Parma. By marriage, she was, too, Duchess of Lorraine, Grand Duchess of Tuscany, German Queen and Holy Roman Empress. This power patterns of highly prepared women acceptance as rulers, would be also accepted in Russia after the first third of the 18th-century.

Additional information[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ in full, Spanish: Don Bernardino Fernández de Velasco Córdoba y Aragón, sexto duque de Frías, cuarto marqués de Berlanga, décimo conde de Haro, cuarto conde de Castilnovo, décimo primer Condestable de Castilla, mayorazgo y señor de la casa de Velasco, señor de la Casa y Estado de Tovar, señor de los Valles de Soba, Ruesga, señor del Estado de Briviesca, señor del Estado de Belorado, caballero de Santiago, comendador de Yeste, primer Sumiller de Corps, Camarero mayor, Copero mayor y Cazador mayor del Rey, Alférez mayor y Caballerizo mayor, capitán general de Castilla la Vieja, embajador ante los papas Sixto V y Clemente VIII, presidente del Consejo de Italia, Virrey del Reino de Aragón (1644-1647), gobernador y capitán general del Estado de Milán (1646-1648), consejero de Estado

Sources[edit]

  • Castro Pereira Mouzinho de Albuquerque e Cunha, Fernando de (1995). Instrumentário Genealógico - Linhagens Milenárias (in Portuguese). pp. 329–30. 
  • Hobbs, Nicolas (2007). "Grandes de España" (in Spanish). Retrieved 15 October 2008. 
  • Instituto de Salazar y Castro. Elenco de Grandezas y Titulos Nobiliarios Españoles (in Spanish). periodic publication. 
  • "Genealogia" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 15 October 2008. [dead link]
Government offices
Preceded by
The Prince of Trivulzio
Viceroy of Aragon
1645–1647
Succeeded by
Francisco de Melo
Preceded by
Antonio Sancho Davila, Marquis of Velada
Governor of the Duchy of Milan
1647–1648
Succeeded by
Luis de Benavides Carrillo, Marquis of Caracena
Military offices
Preceded by
Juan
Fernández de Velasco
Constable of Castile
1613-1652
Succeeded by
Íñigo de Velasco
Spanish nobility
Preceded by
Juan
Fernández de Velasco
Duke of Frías
1613-1652
Succeeded by
Íñigo de Velasco
Marquis of Berlanga
1540–1585
Succeeded by
Francisco de Velasco