Eleanor of Naples, Duchess of Ferrara
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|Eleanor of Naples|
|Duchess of Ferrara, of Modena and Reggio|
|Spouse||Massimiliano Sforza, Duke of Bari
Ercole I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara
|House||House of Trastámara|
|Father||Ferdinand I of Naples|
|Mother||Isabella of Clermont|
22 June 1450|
|Died||11 October 1493
Eleanor of Naples (Leonora or Eleonora of Aragon) (June 22, 1450 – October 11, 1493) was, by marriage, the first Duchess of Ferrara.
On July 3, 1473, she married Ercole I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara.
In her journey to Ferrara she was accompanied by a group made up of some of the most important names in the Estense court.
The wedding ceremony with Ercole I was followed by a long series of celebrations in her honour, with dances, tournaments, processions and lunches.
Ercole and Eleanor had six children:
- Isabella (1474–1539), who would later prove to be one of the most powerful women of the Renaissance
- Beatrice (1475–1497), the patron of Leonardo da Vinci, and the spouse of Ludovico Sforza.
- Alfonso (1476–1534), who would later marry the infamous Lucrezia Borgia
- Ferrante (1477–1540),
- Ippolito (1479–1520), cardinal, army commander and patron of the arts
- Sigismondo (1480–1524)
She held firmly on to the reins of government during her husband's absences, showing herself to be decisive and authoritative, but also wise and level-headed.
|Ancestors of Eleanor of Naples, Duchess of Ferrara|
Eleanor of Naples, Duchess of FerraraBorn: 22 June 1450 Died: 11 October 1493
Title last held byMaria of Aragon
as Marquise of Ferrara; Lady of Modena and Reggio
|Duchess consort of Ferrara, Modena and Reggio
3 July 1473 – 11 October 1493
Title next held byLucrezia Borgia