Eleanor of Portugal, Queen of Aragon

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Eleanor of Portugal
Eleanor of Portugal, in Antonio de Hollanda's Genealogy of the Royal Houses of Spain and Portugal (1530–1534)
Queen consort of Aragon
Born3 February 1328
Kingdom of Portugal
Died29 October 1348(1348-10-29) (aged 20)
Jérica, Crown of Aragon
Poblet Monastery, Spain
SpousePeter IV of Aragon
HousePortuguese House of Burgundy
FatherAlfonso IV of Portugal
MotherBeatrice of Castile
ReligionRoman Catholicism

Eleanor of Portugal (1328[1] – 30 October 1348), was a Portuguese infanta by birth and Queen of Aragon from 1347 to 1348 as the second wife of King Peter IV.[2]

The youngest daughter of King Afonso IV of Portugal and Beatrice of Castile,[2] Leonor was the granddaughter of King Denis and Elizabeth of Aragon and of Sancho IV of Castile and Maria de Molina and sister of King Peter I of Portugal.


Royal sepulchres at Poblet Monstery

Little is known about her childhood. She is first mentioned when she was 18 years old when two kings vied for her hand in order to secure the support of Portugal: Alfonso XI of Castile who wanted her for his nephew Ferdinand of Aragon, and Peter IV of Aragon whom she finally married on 14 or 15 November 1347[3] in Barcelona, in the same year as the death of the king's first wife, Maria of Navarre. Eleanor was the first and only queen of Aragon who was born in Portugal.[4]

She died on 29 October 1348, a year after her wedding, succumbing to the Black Death in Teruel while traveling to Jérica.[5][4] Even though some authors assert that she had a daughter named Beatrice who died as an infant and was raised by her maternal grandmother,[6] including Jerónimo de Zurita and Rui de Pina, there was no issue from the marriage of the Portuguese infanta and the king of Aragon. She does not mention this child in her will who was mentioned in the two wills of her grandmother Queen Beatrice in 1357 and 1358 in which queen asked that the remains of the infant Beatrice, probably an illegitimate child of King Peter I of Portugal, originally buried at the Convent of Saint Francis in Santarém, were to be placed at her tomb.[7] Queen Eleanor of Portugal was first buried in Jérica and in June 1350 her remains were transferred and buried in the Royal Pantheon of the Monastery of Poblet, as she had expressed in her will executed in September 1348.[8]




  • Almeida Rodrigues, Ana Maria de Seabra (2013). "Un destin interrompu: Aliénor de Portugal, brève reine d'Aragón". Les femmes dans l'espace nord-méditerranéen. Etudes Roussillonnaises. Revue d'Historie et d'archéologie Méditerranéennes (in French). Vol. XXV. Canet-en-Rousillon: Éditions Trabucaire. pp. 89–96. ISBN 978-2-84974-168-9.
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Royal titles
Title last held by
Maria of Navarre
Queen consort of Aragon
Title next held by
Eleanor of Sicily