Constance of Sicily, Queen of Aragon
|Constance of Sicily|
|Queen consort of Aragon, Sicily, and Valencia; Countess consort of Barcelona|
|Died||9 April 1302 (aged 52 or 53)
|Burial||Cathedral of Santa Eulalia, Barcelona|
|Spouse||Peter III of Aragon|
|Issue||Alfonso III of Aragon
James II of Aragon
Elisabeth, Queen of Portugal
Frederick III of Sicily
Yolanda, Duchess of Calabria
Pedro of Aragon
|House||House of Hohenstaufen|
|Father||Manfred of Sicily|
|Mother||Beatrice of Savoy|
Constance of Sicily (1249 – 9 April 1302) was Queen of Aragon as the wife of King Peter III and a pretender to the Kingdom of Sicily (as Constance II) from 1268 to 1285. She was the only daughter of King Manfred of Sicily and his first wife, Beatrice of Savoy.
Constance was largely raised by Bella d'Amichi, who remained her favorite and confidante as queen. On 13 June 1262, Constance married Peter, eldest son of King James I of Aragon. Her father was killed in the Battle of Benevento (26 February 1266) while fighting against his rival, Charles of Anjou. She inherited his claim to the Sicilian throne.
James I died on 27 July 1276 and Peter succeeded to the throne, with Constance as queen. During the War of the Sicilian Vespers (1282–1302), Peter and then their sons claimed the throne of Sicily in her right. The war resulted in the partition of the Kingdom of Sicily and the creation of the Kingdom of Trinacria under her heirs and the Kingdom of Naples under the heirs of Charles of Anjou.
Constantia and Peter III of Aragon had six children:
- Alfonso III of Aragon (1265 – 18 June 1291).
- James II of Aragon (10 August 1267 – 2 November 1327).
- Elizabeth of Aragon (1271 – 4 July 1336). Married Denis of Portugal.
- Frederick III of Sicily (13 December 1272 – 25 June 1337).
- Yolanda of Aragon (1273 – August, 1302). Married Robert of Naples.
- Peter of Aragon (1275 – 25 August 1296). Married Guillemette of Béarn, daughter of Gaston VII of Montcada, Viscount of Béarn.
|Constantia of Sicily||Father:
Manfred of Sicily
Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor
Henry VI, Holy Roman Emperor
Constance of Sicily
Beatrice of Savoy
Amadeus IV of Savoy
Thomas I of Savoy
Margaret of Geneva
Marguerite of Burgundy
Hugh III, Duke of Burgundy
Béatrice of Albon
- Steven Runciman, The Sicilian Vespers: A History of the Mediterranean World in the Later Thirteenth Century (Cambridge: University Press, 1958), 202.
- «Diccionari Biogràfic de Dones: Bella, d'Amichi»
- Marek, Miroslav. "A listing of descendants of the Hohenstaufen Dynasty". Genealogy.EU.
Constance of Sicily, Queen of AragonBorn: circa 1249 Died: 9 April 1302
Title last held byViolant of Hungary
|Queen consort of Aragon and Valencia
Title next held byIsabella of Castile
Margaret of Burgundy
|Queen consort of Sicily
|Titles in pretence|
|— TITULAR —
Queen Regnant of Sicily