Elvira of Castile, Queen of Sicily

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For other people of the same name, see Elvira of Castile.

Elvira of Castile (c. 1100 – 8 February 1135) was the first Queen of Sicily.

Background and upbringing[edit]

She was a daughter of Alfonso VI of Castile by his fourth queen, Isabella (perhaps identical to the Moslem convert Zaida of Seville, baptized as Isabel, who had been Alfonso's mistress). Elvira was raised in Toledo, so she must have gotten used to a significant level of convivencia which was present in Sicily as well.[1]


Elvira married Count Roger II of Sicily in 1117.[1] In 1130, she became queen of Sicily when her husband had himself crowned king. She bore Roger five sons and one daughter by 1135.[1]

In 1135, both Roger and Elvira fell ill. The illness was grave and infectious. Roger survived, but Elvira did not.[2] Roger remained a widower for fifteen years and remarried only when four out of five of his sons with Elvira died.[2]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Hubert Houben, 35-36.
  2. ^ a b Hubert Houben, 95-96.


  • Hubert Houben, Roger II of Sicily: A Ruler Between East and West, Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Royal titles
New title Queen consort of Sicily
1130 – 8 February 1135
Succeeded by
Sibylla of Burgundy