Eleonore of Austria
(1498-1558)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Manuel I "the Fortunate" King of Portugal
2. Francis I de Valois King of France

Eleonore of Austria 1840

  • Born: 15 Nov 1498, Louvain, Brabant, Belgium 1842
  • Marriage (1): Manuel I "the Fortunate" King of Portugal on 16 Jul 1518 1842
  • Marriage (2): Francis I de Valois King of France on 4 Jul 1530 1840
  • Died: 25 Feb 1558 at age 59 1842
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bullet  General Notes:

Eleanore of Austria, sometimes known also as Leonor of Castile (November 15, 1498 - February 25, 1558) was born Archduchess of Austria and Infanta of Spain, became subsequently in turn queen consort of Portugal (1518-1521) and of France, also duchess of Touraine (1547-1558) as dower. Named Leonor de Austria in Spanish, Leonor(a) in Portuguese and "royne Eleonore" or Alienor in French.

Born in Louvain as the eldest child of Philippe the Handsome, archduke of Austria and duke of Burgundy and of Joanna of Castile, Infanta of Castile and Aragon and later queen of the named countries. Her siblings were: Charles V of the Holy Roman Empire, Ferdinand I, also emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, Elizabeth queen of Denmark, Mary queen of Hungary and later regent of the Low Countries and Catherine, queen of Portugal.

When she was young, her relatives tried to marry her to the king of England (Henry VII or Henry VIII), the French king (Louis XII or Francois I) or with the Polish king, but they could not, so they had to lower their intentions, finally marrying her to Portugal, where firstly her nephew the crown prince was the candidate but finally the king, Manuel I of Portugal. They married July 16, 1518. They had two children, the infante Carlos (who died as a child, born February 18, 1520) and the infanta Maria (born June 8, 1521, and who was later one of the richest princesses of Europe). She became a widow on December 13, 1521, when Manuel died of the plague.

Some time later as a widow, by the treaty called "La Paz de las Damas" (The Ladies' Peace) she married with Francis I of France on July 4, 1530. They had no children.

As the French queen she did not have any political power, however she was used as a contact between France and the Holy Roman Empire. She was Charles V's favorite sister. She died in 1558 on the return trip from Badajoz, where she tried to make peace with her daughter Maria. 1842


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Eleonore married Manuel I "the Fortunate" King of Portugal on 16 Jul 1518.1842 (Manuel I "the Fortunate" King of Portugal was born on 31 May 1469 in Alcochete, Setúbal, Portugal and died on 13 Dec 1521 in Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal 1842.). The cause of his death was Plague.


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Eleonore next married Francis I de Valois King of France on 4 Jul 1530.1840 (Francis I de Valois King of France was born on 12 Sep 1494 in Cognac, Poitou, France,1840 died on 31 Mar 1547 in Chateau de Rambouillet, Ile de France, France 1840 and was buried in Saint Denis Basilique (Saint Denis, Centre, France) 1841.)



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