Beatrice of Sicily, Latin Empress
|Beatrice of Sicily|
|Latin Empress of Constantinople|
|Died||1275 (aged 23)|
|Spouse||Philip of Courtenay|
|Issue||Catherine I of Courtenay|
|Father||Charles I of Sicily|
|Mother||Beatrice of Provence|
Under the Treaty of Viterbo (27 May 1267), Baldwin II of Courtenay transferred much of the rights to the Latin Empire to Charles I. Charles was to be confirmed in possession of Corfu and some cities in Albania. He was also given suzerainty over the Principality of Achaea and sovereignty of the Aegean Islands, excepting those held by Venice and Lesbos, Chios, Samos, and Amorgos.
The same treaty arranged the marriage of Philip of Courtenay, heir apparent to the Latin Empire, and Beatrice, second daughter of Charles. If the marriage was childless, Philip's rights would be inherited by Charles I. Beatrice was approximately fifteen-years-old at the time of her betrothal.
On 15 October 1273, Beatrice and Philip were married in Foggia. The bride was twenty-one-years old and the groom thirty. Her father-in-law died days later. Philip was proclaimed emperor with Beatrice as his Empress. He was faithful to his wife, even after her death. Their only known daughter, Catherine I of Courtenay, was born on 25 November 1274.
Beatrice died in late 1275 after a short illness. Her husband, who was overcome with grief, survived her by eight years but never remarried. He died aged only 40. The young Catherine was deeply distressed by the early deaths of her parents.
- John V.A. Fine, Jr., The Late Medieval Balkans (1987), page 170
|Titles in pretence|
Marie of Brienne
|— TITULAR —
Latin Empress consort of Constantinople
Reason for succession failure:
Conquest by Empire of Nicaea in 1261
Marie of Bourbon