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
Born (1450-06-22)22 June 1450
Naples
Died 11 October 1493(1493-10-11) (aged 43)
Ferrara

Eleanor of Naples (Leonora or Eleonora of Aragon) (June 22, 1450 – October 11, 1493) was, by marriage, the first Duchess of Ferrara.

Daughter of King Ferdinand I of Naples and Isabella of Clermont, she was firstly consort of Massimiliano Sforza, Duke of Bari.

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:

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.

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Eleanor of Naples, Duchess of Ferrara
Born: 22 June 1450 Died: 11 October 1493
Royal titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Maria of Aragon
as Marquise of Ferrara; Lady of Modena and Reggio
Duchess consort of Ferrara, Modena and Reggio
3 July 1473 – 11 October 1493
Vacant
Title next held by
Lucrezia Borgia