Isabella of Portugal, Lady of Viseu
Isabella of Portugal (1364–1395) was the natural daughter of King Ferdinand I of Portugal, from unknown mother.
Before 1386 she was betrothed to João Afonso Telo de Menezes, 1st Count of Viana (do Alentejo), son of the powerful Dom João Afonso Telo de Menezes, 4th Count of Barcelos. However, this project was abandoned or dissolved.
She left to the Royal Court of King Henry II of Castile where she lived while waiting for an appropriate age to get married, once her groom was, then, only 9 years old. They finally married in 1378 in the city of Burgos. From this marriage was issued the Noronha family, still represented in several aristocratic houses, both in Portugal and in Spain.
The couple had 7 children:
- Diogo Henriques of Noronha, died still a child;
- Pedro of Noronha (1379–1452), Archbishop of Lisbon (ancestor of the Marquesses of Angeja, and of the Counts of Arcos;
- Fernando of Noronha (c.1380- ?), Captain of Ceuta and 2nd Count of Vila Real by marriage with Beatrice of Menezes, 2nd Countess of Vila Real
- Sancho of Noronha (c.1390- ?), 1st Count of Odemira;
- Henrique of Noronha (c.1390- ?) died single without legitimous issue;
- João of Noronha, died still a child;
- Constance of Noronha (1395–1480), married in 1420 Afonso, Duke of Braganza, from whom she was his second wife.
Due to her husband's conflict with his brother, King John I of Castile, Alfonso, Count of Gijón and Noroña was arrested and died during a fight. Isabella returned to her native Portugal where her uncle, King John I of Portugal, gave her a warm welcome and protection, both to her and to her children.
- "Nobreza de Portugal e Brasil" – Vol. II, pages 234/235. Published by Zairol Lda., Lisbon 1989.
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