Manuel de Menezes, Duke of Vila Real
Manuel of Menezes (born ca. 1530) was the second son of Pedro de Menezes (in English, Peter (III) of Menezes) 5th Marquis of Vila Real and of his wife, Beatrice of Lara (daughter of Afonso, 8th Constable of Portugal).
Initially, he was baptized Manuel of Noronha, but when his older brother (the 4th Marquis of Vila Real) died unexpectedly without issue in 1564, he inherited his house and changed his family name from Noronha to Menezes, once this was the name used by the Heads of the House of Vila Real.
He inherited all titles and honours, becoming 5th Marquis of Vila Real as well as all the subsidiary titles of this House: 7th Count of Vila Real, 4th Count of Alcoutim, 5th Count of Valença and 7th Governor of Ceuta.
Marriage and children
They had 8 children:
- Miguel Luis de Menezes, 1st Duke of Caminha and 6th Marquis of Vila Real;
- Jorge de Lara, died in childhood;
- Luis de Noronha e Menezes, 7th Marquis of Vila Real
- Beatrice de Lara, married to Pietro de' Medici, Prince of Tuscany;
- Juliana de Lara, married to Sancho de Noronha, 6th Count of Odemira;
- Filipa de Lara, a nun in the Sant'Ana monastery, in Leiria;
- Maria de Lara, a nun in the Sant'Ana monastery, in Leiria;
- Joana de Lara, married to the Portuguese nobleman João Álvares Pais de Menezes de Albuquerque
- Count of Vila Real
- Marquis of Vila Real
- House of Vila Real
- List of Portuguese Dukedoms
- Governor of Ceuta
- ”Nobreza de Portugal e do Brasil” – Vol. III, pages 527. Published by Zairol Lda., Lisbon 1989.
Miguel (I) de Menezes, 4th Marquis of Vila Real
Marquis of Vila Real
Miguel (II) Luís de Menezes, 6th Marquis of Vila Real
Duke of Vila Real
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