Isabella of Majorca
) (1337–1406) was the last titular Queen of Majorca
and Countess of Roussillon
from 1375 to her death.
She was the daughter of James III
and his first wife, Constance of Aragon
. Her maternal grandparents were Alfonso IV of Aragon
and his first wife Teresa d'Entença
. Her paternal grandparents were Ferdinand of Majorca
and his wife Isabelle de Sabran.
After the death of her mother, Isabella's father remarried to Violante of Vilaragut
, who gave Isabella a half-sister named Esclaramunda, who died young.
She succeeded to the titles and pretensions for the Kingdom of Majorca
, as well as the actual lands, of her brother James IV
on his death in 1375. Their father had lost the kingdom (1343) and he died in the Battle of Llucmajor
(1345) by Peter IV of Aragon
. Isabella was captured with her brother and stepmother by her uncle King Peter after the battle in which her father was killed, and confined to the convent of the Clarissans at Valencia
with her stepmother. She was freed in 1358/59, thanks to the efforts of her stepmother,
On 4 September 1358, Isabella married John II, Marquess of Montferrat
, in Montpellier
. Her marriage was arranged by her stepmother, who was then living at the Court of Monferrato.
Isabella was unable at any point to mount a serious attempt... Read More