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
Born (1450-06-22)22 June 1450
Died 11 October 1493(1493-10-11) (aged 43)

Eleanor of Naples (Leonora or Eleonora of Aragon) (22 June 1450 – 11 October 1493) was, by marriage, the first Duchess of Ferrara.

Daughter of King Ferdinand I of Naples and Isabella of Clermont, she was firstly consort of Sforza Maria Sforza, Duke of Bari.

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:


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Eleanor of Naples, Duchess of Ferrara
Born: 22 June 1450 Died: 11 October 1493
Royal titles
Title last held by
Maria 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 by
Lucrezia Borgia