Martin of Aragon (heir of Sicily)

Martin of Aragon (heir of Sicily)
Prince of Sicily, Infante of Aragon
House House of Barcelona
Father Martin I of Sicily
Mother Blanche I of Navarre
Born 17 December 1406(1406-12-17)
Kingdom of Sicily
Died August 1407(1407-08-00)
(aged 226)
Kingdom of Sicily
Religion Roman Catholicism

Martin of Aragon or Martin of Sicily (17[1]/19[2] December 1406 – August 1407[3]), Italian: Martino di Sicilia, Catalan: Martí de Sicília, Spanish: Martín de Sicilia, Sicilian dialect: Martinu di Sicilia, Prince of Sicily and Infante of Aragon, Heir Apparent (Crown Prince) of Sicily and Heir Presumptive of Aragon. He was the member of House of Barcelona.



He was the only son and heir of Martin the Younger King of Sicily and Queen Blanche of Navarre, from 1425 Queen Regnant of Navarre. His paternal grandparents were Martin the Elder King of Aragon and Queen Maria de Luna. His maternal grandparents were Charles III King of Navarre and Queen Eleanor of Castile. His parents got married on 26 November 1402.[4] His mother, queen Blanche's first pregnancy failed and she had a miscarriage.[5] Nevertheless, the young queen's second pregnancy had already been successful, and he was born on 17[6] or 19[7] December 1406 in Sicily. He became the heir apparent (crown prince) of Sicily and infante of Aragon from birth. He was baptized Martin after his father and grandfather. Unfortunately, his paternal grandmother, queen Maria de Luna died about ten days after her little grandson's birth on 29 December 1406, therefore she cannot have been informed about his birth because the good news arrived in Aragon only on 11 February 1407 when the paternal grandfather, King Martin the Elder informed the maternal grandfather, King Charles III of Navarre, too.[8] Of course, the bad news about his grandmother's death also arrived in Sicily a few months later.

Then Violant of Bar Queen Dowager of Aragon, the second wife of King John I of Aragon proposed an engagement to her brother-in-law, King Martin the Elder between their grandchildren, the new-born Martin and her granddaughter, the eldest daughter of her only surviving daughter, Yolande of Aragon and King Louis II of Naples, Marie of Anjou, the future queen consort of France,[9] in order to see her offsprings on the Aragonese throne.[10]

The little prince, nevetheless, died few months later on August 1407 in Sicily.[11] And not only the dowager queen's hopes failed but the continuity of the House of Barcelona was on the rocks.

And few years later the royal branch of the House of Barcelona became extinct through legitimate male line because Martin the Younger died without children born within wedlock in 1409, then his father, Martin the Elder passed away next year, too.

His siblings were: Peter of Sicily (the only son of King Martin I of Sicily and Queen Maria I of Sicily), Fadrique (illegitimate son of King Martin I of Sicily and Tarsia Rizzari) and Violante (illegitimate daughter of King Martin I of Sicily and Agatuccia Pesce)


  1. ^ See Fodale (1999: 316–317).
  2. ^ See Tramontana (1999: 16).
  3. ^ See Tramontana (1999: 16) and Fodale (1999: 316–317).
  4. ^ See Fodale (1999: 315).
  5. ^ See Tramontana (1999: 16)
  6. ^ See Fodale (1999: 316–317).
  7. ^ See Tramontana (1999: 16)
  8. ^ See Fodale (1999: 316–317).
  9. ^ In 1422 she married King Charles VII of France.
  10. ^ See Silleras-Fernández (2004: 195).
  11. ^ See Tramontana (1999: 16) and Fodale (1999: 316–317).


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Martin of Aragon (heir of Sicily)
Cadet branch of the House of Barcelona
Born: 17/19 December 1406 Died: August 1407
Royal titles
Preceded by
Peter of Sicily
Heir Apparent of Sicily
Succeeded by
Alphonse of Aragon

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