Martin of Aragon (heir of Sicily)

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Martin of Sicily
Prince of Sicily, Infante of Aragon
Born (1406-12-17)17 December 1406
Kingdom of Sicily
Died August 1407
Kingdom of Sicily
House House of Barcelona
Father Martin I of Sicily
Mother Blanche I of Navarre
Religion Roman Catholicism

Martin of Aragon and Sicily (17[1]/19[2] December 1406 – August 1407[3]) was heir apparent to the throne of Sicily. He was a member of the House of Barcelona.


He was the only son and heir apparent of King Martin the Younger of Sicily and Blanche of Navarre (queen regnant of Navarre from 1425). His paternal grandparents were Martin the Elder King of Aragon and Queen Maria de Luna. His maternal grandparents were Charles III King of Navarre and Queen Eleanor of Castile. His parents got married on 26 November 1402.[4] His mother, queen Blanche's first pregnancy had ended in miscarriage.[5] Nevertheless, the young queen's second pregnancy was successful, and he was born on 17[6] or 19[7] December 1406 in Sicily. He became the heir apparent (crown prince) of Sicily and infante of Aragon from birth. He was baptized Martin after his father and grandfather. Unfortunately, his paternal grandmother, queen Maria de Luna died about ten days later on 29 December 1406; therefore, she cannot have been informed about his birth because the good news arrived in Aragon on 11 February 1407. His paternal grandfather, King Martin the Elder informed the maternal grandfather, King Charles III of Navarre at that time.[8]

Then his grandaunt Violant of Bar, queen dowager of Aragon, proposed an engagement to her brother-in-law, King Martin the Elder, between their grandchildren, the new-born Martin and her granddaughter, Marie of Anjou.[9] in order to see her offspring on the Aragonese throne.[10]

The little prince, however, died few months later on August 1407 in Sicily.[11] Not only the dowager queen's hopes failed but the continuity of the House of Barcelona was at risk.

Few years later the royal branch of the House of Barcelona became extinct through legitimate male line because Martin the Younger died without children born within wedlock in 1409, then his father, Martin the Elder died the following year.


  1. ^ See Fodale (1999: 316–317).
  2. ^ See Tramontana (1999: 16).
  3. ^ See Tramontana (1999: 16) and Fodale (1999: 316–317).
  4. ^ See Fodale (1999: 315).
  5. ^ See Tramontana (1999: 16)
  6. ^ See Fodale (1999: 316–317).
  7. ^ See Tramontana (1999: 16)
  8. ^ See Fodale (1999: 316–317).
  9. ^ In 1422 she married King Charles VII of France.
  10. ^ See Silleras-Fernández (2004: 195).
  11. ^ See Tramontana (1999: 16) and Fodale (1999: 316–317).


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