Constance of Sicily, Queen of Aragon

Constance Of Sicily, Queen Of Aragon

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Constance of Sicily, Queen of Aragon

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Constance (or Constantia) (1249 – 9 April 1302) was the Queen consort of Peter III of Aragon.

Family

She was the only daughter of Manfred of Sicily and his first wife Beatrice of Savoy. Her paternal grandparents were Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor and his mistress Bianca Lancia. Her maternal grandparents were Amadeus IV of Savoy and his first wife Anne of Burgundy.

Marriage

On 13 June 1262, Constantia married Prince Peter of Aragon, eldest son of James I of Aragon and his second wife Violant of Hungary.

Manfred was killed in the Battle of Benevento (26 February 1266) while fighting against his rival Charles of Anjou, son of Louis VIII of France and Blanche of Castile. As his eldest daughter she could be considered his heiress but did not pursue her claim at this time.

James I died on 27 July 1276 and Peter succeeded to the throne. Constance became his Queen consort. With the War of the Sicilian Vespers (1282–1302), at first Peter and then their sons claimed the throne of Sicily in her right. The War resulted in the partition of the Kingdom of Sicilyto the "Kingdom of Trinacria" (the island of Sicily) under her descendants and the Kingdom of Naples under the descendants of Charles of Anjou.

Peter III died on 2 November 1285 and Constantia remained a widow. She ended her days as a nun in Barcelona.

Children

Constantia and Peter III of Aragon had six children:


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