Eleanor of Naples, Duchess of Ferrara
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|Eleanor of Naples|
|Duchess of Ferrara, of Modena and Reggio|
Portrait of Eleonora d'Aragona, from a manuscript "Il modo di regere e di regnare" by Antonio Cornazzano.
|Spouse||Sforza Maria 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) (22 June 1450 – 11 October 1493) was, by marriage, the first Duchess of Ferrara.
On 3 July 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. During her husband's absences, Eleanor would prove herself a talented ruler.
Ercole I d'Este and Duchess Eleanor had six children:
- Isabella (1474–1539), who married Francesco II Gonzaga, Marquess of Mantua, and became one of the most famous women of the Renaissance.
- Beatrice (1475–1497), who married Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan.
- Alfonso (1476–1534), who married as his second wife, Lucrezia Borgia.
- Ferrante (1477–1540).
- Ippolito (1479–1520), cardinal, army commander and patron of the arts.
- Sigismondo (1480–1524).
|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