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Eleanor of Naples, Duchess of Ferrara

For other people of the same name, see Eleanor of Aragon.

Eleanor of Naples
Duchess of Ferrara, of Modena and Reggio

Spouse Massimiliano Sforza, Duke of Bari
Ercole I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara
House House of Trastámara
Father Ferdinand I of Naples
Mother Isabella of Taranto
Born (1450-06-22)22 June 1450
Died 11 October 1493(1493-10-11) (aged 43)

Eleanor of Naples (Leonora or Eleonora of Aragon) (June 22, 1450 – October 11, 1493) was, by marriage, the first Duchess of Ferrara.

Daughter of King Ferdinand I of Naples and Isabella of Taranto, she was firstly consort of Massimiliano Sforza, Duke of Bari.

On July 3, 1473, she married Ercole I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara.
In her journey to Ferrara she was accompanied by a group made up of some of the most important names in the Estense court.
The wedding ceremony with Ercole I was followed by a long series of celebrations in her honour, with dances, tournaments, processions and lunches.

Ercole and Eleanor had six children:

She held firmly on to the reins of government during her husband's absences, showing herself to be decisive and authoritative, but also wise and level-headed.


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Eleanor of Naples, Duchess of Ferrara
Born: 22 June 1450 Died: 11 October 1493
Royal titles
Title last held by
Maria of Aragon
as Marquise of Ferrara; Lady of Modena and Reggio
Duchess consort of Ferrara, Modena and Reggio
3 July 1473 – 11 October 1493
Title next held by
Lucrezia Borgia

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