Eleanor of Sicily
|Eleanor of Sicily|
|Queen consort of Aragon|
1375 (aged 49–50)|
|Spouse||Peter IV of Aragon|
John I of Aragon|
Martin of Aragon
Eleanor, Queen of Castile
|Father||Peter II of Sicily|
|Mother||Elisabeth of Carinthia|
Early life and family
Eleanor married in Valencia on 27 August 1349 to Peter IV of Aragon, on the condition that he renounce all rights to any Sicilian Crown. He was twice-widowed, had two surviving daughters: Constance and Joanna but no surviving sons.
Eleanor became a powerful influence at the Aragonese court, replacing Bernardo de Cabrera as Peter's chief adviser.
Eleanor's brother Frederick III the Simple, married Constance of Aragon (Eleanor's stepdaughter). Frederick and Constance had a daughter, Maria, but no sons. Then in 1357 Frederick proposed to transfer the duchies of Athens and Neopatria to Eleanor in return for military help from her husband in Sicily, but was refused.
Eleanor and Peter had four children:
- John I of Aragon (1350–1396), succeeded his father and was father himself of Yolande of Aragon, however he had no male issue so the throne passed to his younger brother
- Martin I of Aragon (1356–1410), succeeded John but had no surviving issue
- Eleanor (1358–1382), who married John I of Castile and was the mother of Ferdinand I of Aragon.
- Alfonso (1362–1364), died young
In 1373 Eleanor's eldest son John married Martha of Armagnac, a calm and conciliatory woman. Eleanor treated Martha as her own daughter.
In Lérida on 20 April 1375, Eleanor died leaving her husband a widower and her three surviving children. Her husband remarried to Sibila, a girl that was over thirty years his junior. Most of the family, including Eleanor's children, came into conflict with Sibila.
|Ancestors of Eleanor of Sicily|
Eleanor of Portugal
| Queen consort of Aragon
Sibila of Fortia