- Constantia of Sicily
Constantia or Constance (
1249- 9 April, 1302) was the Queen consortof Peter III of Aragon.
She was the only daughter of
Manfred of Sicilyand his first wife Beatrice of Savoy. Her paternal grandparents were Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperorand his mistress Bianca Lancia. Her maternal grandparents were Amadeus IV of Savoyand his first wife Anne of Burgundy.
Anne was a daughter of
Eudes III, Duke of Burgundyand his second wife Alice of Vergy.
13 June, 1262, Constantia married Prince Peter of Aragon, eldest son of James I of Aragonand 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, posthumous son of Louis VIII of Franceand 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, 1276and 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 Naplesunder the descendants of Charles of Anjou.
Peter III died on
2 November, 1285and Constantia remained a widow. She ended her days as a nunin Barcelona.
Peter III of Aragonhad six children:
Alfonso III of Aragon( 1265- 18 June, 1291).
James II of Aragon( 10 August, 1267- 2 November, 1327).
Elizabeth of Aragon( 1271- 4 July, 1336). Married Denis of Portugal.
Frederick III of Sicily( 13 December, 1272- 25 June, 1337).
*Yolanda of Aragon (1273 - August, 1302). Married
Robert of Naples.
*Infante Pedro of Aragon (
1275- 25 August, 1296). Married Guillemette of Béarn, daughter of Gaston VII of Montcada, Viscount of Béarn.
* [http://genealogy.euweb.cz/hohst/hohenstauf.html#C2M A listing of descendants of the Hohenstaufen Dynasty]
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