Eleanor of Sicily
|Eleanor of Sicily|
|Queen consort of Aragon|
|Spouse||Peter IV of Aragon|
|Issue||John I of Aragon
Martin of Aragon
Eleanor, Queen of Castile
|House||House of Aragon|
|Father||Peter II of Sicily|
|Mother||Elisabeth of Carinthia|
|Died||1375 (aged 49–50)
Early life and family
Eleanor was the second of eight children, all of them living to adulthood apart from a brother and sister, John and Violante. Eleanor's siblings included: Frederick III the Simple, Euphemia, Constance (both regents of Sicily), Beatrice, wife of Rupert II, Elector Palatine, Louis of Sicily and Blanche, Countess of Ampurias.
Eleanor's paternal grandparents were Frederick III of Sicily and Eleanor of Anjou, daughter of Charles II of Naples and Maria of Hungary. Eleanor's maternal grandparents were Otto III of Carinthia and his wife Euphemia of Legnica, daughter of Henry V, Duke of Legnica and Elisabeth of Kalisz.
Eleanor married in Valencia on 27 August 1349 to Peter IV of Aragon, on the condition that he renounce all rights to any Sicilian Crown. He was twice-widowed, had two surviving daughters: Constance and Joanna but no surviving sons.
Eleanor's brother Frederick III the Simple, married Constance of Aragon (Eleanor's stepdaughter). Frederick and Constance had a daughter, Maria of Sicily but no sons. Then in 1357 Frederick tried to give Eleanor the rights to the succession of Sicily and the rights of the duchies of Athens and Neopatria in return for military help from her husband in Sicily, a proposal which was refused.
Eleanor and Peter had four children:
- John I of Aragon (1350–1396), succeeded his father and was father himself of Yolande of Aragon, however he had no male issue so the throne passed to his younger brother
- Martin I of Aragon (1356–1410), succeeded John but had no surviving issue
- Eleanor (1358–1382), who married John I of Castile and was the mother of Ferdinand I of Aragon.
- Alfonso (1362–1364), died young
In Lérida on 20 April 1375, Eleanor died leaving her husband a widower and her three surviving children. Her husband remarried to Sibila, a girl that was over thirty years his junior. Most of the family, including Eleanor's children, came into conflict with Sibila.
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|Ancestors of Eleanor of Sicily|
Eleanor of Portugal
|Queen consort of Aragon
Sibila of Fortia