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Aragonese, Valencian and Sicilian Royalty
House of Trastámara
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Ferdinand I
   Alfonso V
   John II
   Eleanor, Queen of Portugal
Alfonso V
John II
   Charles IV of Navarre
   Blanche II of Navarre
   Eleanor I of Navarre
   Ferdinand II
   Joan, Queen of Naples
Ferdinand II
   Isabella, Queen of Portugal
   Joanna the Mad
   John, Prince of Asturias
   Mary, Queen of Portugal
   Catherine, Queen of England

Blanche II of Navarre (1420-1464) titular queen of Navarre, was the daughter of John II of Aragon and Blanche I of Navarre. She was also crown princess of Castile by marriage.

In 1427, she, her brother and her sister were proclaimed the rightful heirs of the kingdom of Navarre. Blanche was promised to the heir of Castile in the peace treaty between Navarre and Castile in 1436. She married Henry IV of Castile in 1440. The marriage was never consumated. In 1453, after thirteen years, Henry sought the annulment of the marriage. An official examination confirmed the virginity of Blanca. A divorce was granted by the Pope on the grounds that some "witchcraft" had prevented Henry from consummating the marriage. After this, Blanca was sent home to Navarre, were she was imprisoned by her family: from 1462, she was under the custody of her sister. She remained childless throughout her life.

After the death of her brother in 1461, some Navarrese dissatisfied elements and some of the anti-Aragonese party regarded Blanca as the rightful monarch, as they had regarded Charles. They proclaimed her queen. She would have thus become Blanche II of Navarre, had not her father (who wanted to keep the government of Navarre) already had her incarcerated and thus not capable to act. In 1464, she died by poison. Both her father and her sister Eleanor are suggested to have been responsible for her death. Upon her death, her rights to Navarre were inherited by her next sister, Eleanor of Aragon, Countess of Foix, who however was their father's ally and supporter, and did not press her own claims until his death in 1479.


  • This page is a translation of its Spanish equivalent.
Preceded by
Charles IV
De Jure Queen of Navarre, Crown withheld by John II
De Jure 1461-1464, never gained real power
Succeeded by


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