Constance of Peñafiel


Constance of Peñafiel
Constance of Peñafiel
Queen consort of Castile
Tenure 1325–1328
Spouse Alfonso XI of Castile
Peter I of Portugal
Issue
Infanta Maria, Marchioness of Tortosa
Ferdinand I of Portugal
House House of Burgundy
Father Juan Manuel, Prince of Villena
Mother Constance of Aragon
Born 1315–1323
Castillo de Garcimuñoz
Died 13 November 1345
Santarém, Portugal
Burial Santarém, Portugal
Religion Roman Catholicism

Constance of Peñafiel or Constance Manuel of Castile (1315/1323 – 13 November 1345) was the daughter of Juan Manuel, Prince of Villena (1282–1348), called "el escritor" (the writer), Duke of Peñafiel, and his second wife Constance of Aragon, a daughter of James II of Aragon. She was Crown Princess of Portugal.

While still a child she became the first wife of future King Alfonso XI of Castile (1311–50), also a child at the time, in Valladolid. The marriage was annulled in 1327.

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Early Life and First Marriage

Constance was a Castilian noblewoman, whose exact date of birth is unknown, occurring sometime between 1315 and 1323. Constance was a paternal great-granddaughter of King Ferdinand I of Castile. Her maternal grandparents were James II of Aragon and his second wife Blanche of Anjou.

In Valladolid on 28 November 1325, the young Constance married Alfonso XI of Castile, they were married for only two years when Alfonso had the marriage dissolved and remarried to Maria of Portugal, who gave him a son, Peter of Castile.[1]

Constance was imprisoned in a castle in Toro while her father waged war against Alfonso XI until 1329. Eventually, the two reached a peaceful accord after mediation by Juan del Campo, Bishop of Oviedo; this secured Constance's release from prison.

Second Marriage

Afonso IV quickly learned that his daughter Maria was being mistreated by her husband King Alfonso (Constance's ex-husband). Constance's father, had been rebuffed by the king when she was rejected in favor of the Portuguese princess. Feeling as though his daughter was being dishonored, Afonso was glad to enter into an alliance with Juan Manuel and married his son and heir, Peter, to Constance. They married on 24 August 1339 in Lisbon.

When Constance arrived in Portugal, Inês de Castro, the daughter of an aristocratic Castilian land-owner, accompanied her as her lady-in-waiting. Peter fell in love with Inês very quickly, and the two conducted an affair that lasted until Constance's death in 1345. The scandal of this affair caused Afonso to banish Inês from court, but this did not end the relationship, and the two began living together in secret.

Constance died on the 13 November 1345, weeks after giving birth to her son and future King of Portugal, Fernando. She was buried four years later in Santarém, Portugal. Her husband presumably married Inês after Constance's death, however Inês was later murdered on the orders of King Afonso. Peter became King twelve years after Constance's death in 1357.

They had three children:

Children

  • Louis (27 February 1340 - 6 March 1340).
  • Maria (6 April 1343 - app. 1367), Married to Infante Ferdinand of Aragon.
  • Ferdinand I of Portugal (31 October 1345 - 29 October 1383), 9th King of Portugal.

Ancestry

References

Constance of Peñafiel
Born: circa 1315/1323 Died: 13 November 1345
Royal titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Constance of Portugal
Queen consort of Castile
1325–1328
Vacant
Title next held by
Maria of Portugal
Queen consort of León
1325–1328
Queen consort of Galicia
1325–1328
Queen consort of Toledo
1325–1328

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