Isabella of Coimbra

Isabella of Coimbra
Queen consort of Portugal
Tenure 6 May 1447 – 2 December 1455
Born (1432-03-01)1 March 1432
Died 2 December 1455(1455-12-02) (aged 23)
Burial Batalha Monastery
Spouse Afonso V of Portugal
Issue John, Prince of Portugal
Joan, Princess of Portugal
John II of Portugal
House Aviz
Father Infante Peter, Duke of Coimbra
Mother Isabella of Aragon, Countess of Urgel
Religion Roman Catholicism

Infanta Isabella of Coimbra (Isabella of Portugal) (1 March 1432 – 2 December 1455) was a Portuguese infanta and a queen consort of Portugal as the first spouse of King Afonso V of Portugal.


Isabella was a daughter of the Infante Peter, Duke of Coimbra, and Isabella of Aragon, Countess of Urgel. Her paternal grandfather was King John I of Portugal and her maternal grandfather was James II, Count of Urgel.

Isabella's father was the regent for her cousin Afonso V during his minority. Reportedly, Isabella and Afonso fell in love with each other. They were engaged in 1445, which caused a conflict between Peter of Coimbra and Duke Afonso of Braganza, who had wished for the monarch to marry his grandchild. Isabella was given the income of Santarém, Alvaiázere, Sintra and Torres Vedras at her wedding.

Marriage and Issue

Isabella and Afonso V were married on 6 May 1447. Both the bride and groom were fifteen. They had three children:

Late life

In 1448, the king took Afonso of Braganza as his advisor. Isabella's father died (suspected to have been killed), and her brother John was exiled. Isabella herself did not fall out of favour with the king, however, and she took control of the duchy of Coimbra until her brother returned to Portugal in 1454. In 1455, Isabella had her father honoured with a grand ceremony of exoneration at court and had him re-buried in a grand way. Shortly after this, she died at age twenty-three, possibly from poisoning.


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Preceded by
Leonor of Aragon
Queen consort of Portugal
6 May 1447 – 2 December 1455
Succeeded by
Joan, Princess of Castile

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