Leonor de Castro Mello y Meneses
|Leonor de Castro Mello y Meneses|
|Duchess of Gandía|
Monastery of Sant Jeroni de Cotalba
|Spouse||Francis de Borja, IV Duke of Gandía|
|Father||Álvaro de Castro "the Old"|
|Mother||Isabel de Melo Barreto e Menezes|
Leonor Castro de Mello y Meneses (born 1512, died March 27 of 1546, in Gandía) was the IVth Duchess of Gandia. She was a noble Portuguese and the Lady and close friend of the Empress Isabella of Portugal. She was daughter of Álvaro de Castro "the Old", Captain-general of Africa of King Manuel I of Portugal, and of Isabel de Melo Barreto e Meneses. Her brother, Rodrigo de Castro, was governor of the Portuguese seat of Safí (Morocco).
During 1529 the negotiations took place to resolve her marriage with Francis de Borja. The emperor Carlos I of Spain, represented by his majordomo Pedro González de Mendoza, negotiating in the name of Leonor, urging the Duke of Gandía to accept her conditions. After agreeing the marriage, the spouses met in Toledo in August, 1529.
Her marriage with Francis Borja took place in 1529 in the Royal Alcazar of Madrid. They had eight children, of whom five were males and three women: Carlos in 1530, Isabel in 1532, Juan in 1533, Álvaro in 1535, Juana Francisca in 1535, Fernando in 1537, Dorotea in 1538 and Alonso in 1539.
At the death of Leonor de Castro, her husband, Francis Borja, saddened, resigned his goods and possessions in favor of his children, yields the nobility titles and goes to Rome, where in June, 1546, he would enter in the Society of Jesus.
- Biography about Sant Francis Borja (in Spanish)
- Sebastián Lozano, Jorge (2011): San Francisco de Borja, Grande de España, Arte y espiritualidad en la cultura de los siglos XVI y XVII. page 69. (in Spanish)
- Sebastián Lozano, Jorge (2011): San Francisco de Borja, Grande de España, Arte y espiritualidad en la cultura de los siglos XVI y XVII. pp. 67–90. (in Spanish)
- Information about Francis de Borgia (in Spanish)