Blanche of Anjou

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Blanche of Anjou
MSC Blanca d'Anjou.png
Queen consort of Aragon
Tenure 1295–1310
Coronation 1296 (Zaragoza)
Spouse James II of Aragon
Issue
Among Others
James
Alfonso IV of Aragon
Maria
Isabella, Queen of Germany
House Capetian House of Anjou
Father Charles II of Naples
Mother Maria of Hungary
Born 1280
Died 14 October 1310
Barcelona
Burial Santes Creus.
Religion Roman Catholicism
Signature
Blanche and her family in Bible of Naples

Blanche of Anjou (1280 – 14 October 1310) was Queen of Aragon as the second wife of King James II. She was a member of the Capetian House of Anjou, she is also known as Blanche of Naples

Life[edit]

Blanche was originally betrothed in 1290 to John I, Marquess of Montferrat.[1] Her father was helping him defend Montferrat. However, the engagement was broken off and John died in 1305.

The new Pope Boniface VIII, elected in 1294 at Naples under the auspices of King Charles, mediated between the latter and James II of Aragon, and the dishonourable Treaty of Anagni was signed: James was to marry Blanche and was promised the investiture by the pope of Sardinia and Corsica, while he was to leave the Angevin a free hand in Sicily and even to assist him if the Sicilians resisted.

On 29 October or 1 November 1295 at Vilabertran, Blanche and James were married. They had ten children:

  • James (b. 29 September 1296 – d. Tarragona, July 1334). James renounced his right to the throne in 1319 to become a monk. He refused to consummate his marriage to Eleanor of Castile, who later become the second wife of his brother Alfonso.
  • Alfonso IV of Aragon (1299 – 24 January 1336). He became the King of Aragon in 1327 and ruled until his death. He married twice: first to Teresa d'Entença and then to Eleanor of Castile after his first wife died.
  • Blanche (b. 1307 – d. Barcelona, 1348), Prioress of Sixena.
  • Ramon Berenguer (b. August 1308 – d. a priest at Barcelona, 1366), Count of Empúries and Baron of Ejerica.. Ramon married firstly Blanca, daughter of Philip I of Taranto, and secondly Maria, daughter of Jaime of Aragon.

Blanche died on the 14 October 1310, her death was probably linked to the birth of her daughter Violante, who was born in October 1310. Blanche was buried at Santes Creus. She was survived by her husband, children and mother.

Ancestry[edit]

Blanche of Anjou
Cadet branch of the House of Capet
Born: circa 1280 Died: 14 October 1310
Royal titles
Preceded by
Isabella of Castile
Queen consort of Sicily
1295–1296
Succeeded by
Eleanor of Anjou
Queen consort of Aragon
1295–1310
Succeeded by
Maria of Lusignan
New title Queen consort of Sardinia and Corsica
1297–1310

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