Valentina Visconti, Queen of Cyprus

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Valentina Visconti
Queen consort of Cyprus
Tenure 1378–1382
Born Milan, Italy
Died 1393
Spouse Peter II of Cyprus
House House of Visconti (by birth)
House of Lusignan (by marriage)
Father Bernabò Visconti
Mother Beatrice Regina della Scala

Valentina Visconti (died 1393) was Queen consort of Cyprus and titular Queen consort of Jerusalem by marriage to Peter II of Cyprus. She was the daughter of Bernabò Visconti and his wife Beatrice Regina della Scala.

Early life and family[edit]

Valentina was born in Milan and was the eleventh of seventeen children of a cruel and ruthless despot, and an implacable enemy of the Catholic Church.

Marriage[edit]

In 1363, King Peter I of Cyprus was visiting Milan, Valentina's father Bernabò promised Peter that his daughter would marry Peter's son the future Peter II of Cyprus. The first choice of Peter's marriage would have been to a daughter of John V Palaiologos; this suggestion was rejected for political reasons, since the Latins did not encourage the marriage of Peter to a Greek princess. The justification that was given to the Palaiologos messengers was that the king was busy with the dangers that threatened Cyprus because of the Genoese invasion of the island.

In 1373, Valentina was about to leave to Milan for Cyprus to marry Peter, but the wedding had to be postponed because of fighting between Cyprus and the Genoese.

In September 1377, the marriage was performed by proxy.[1] The bride left Milan the following year.

Peter and Valentina had one daughter who died at the age of two in Nicosia in 1382.[2]

It is known that Valentina did not get along with her mother-in-law Eleanor of Aragon [3] due to her being involved in many issues and scandals.

To prevent more problems between the two Peter had Eleanor sent back to her homeland of Catalonia, which she protested.

Widowhood[edit]

On 13 October 1382, Valentina was widowed. Cyprus tried to obtain a regent for their daughter and thus the government of the kingdom, and Valentina wished to take up this post. Even her mother-in-law Eleanor of Aragon had been regent to Peter when he was a minor. However, Valentina's daughter died along with all hopes of a regency. Cyprus should have gone to his sister Margaret and her children but it instead went to Peter's uncle, James I.

Some sources report that Valentina remarried in 1383, taking as her second husband a Count Galeazzo [4]

Queen Valentina died in 1393.

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marek, Miroslav. "Visconti 2". Genealogy.EU.  External link in |publisher= (help)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ Marek, Miroslav. "Poitou 3". Genealogy.EU.  External link in |publisher= (help)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ Cawley, Charles, MILAN, Medieval Lands, Medieval Lands database, Foundation for Medieval Genealogy ,[self-published source][better source needed]
  4. ^ Visconti 2
Preceded by
Eleanor of Aragon
Queen Consort of Cyprus
1378–1382
Succeeded by
Helvis of Brunswick-Grubenhagen