Maria Manuela, Princess of Portugal

For other people with the same name, see Maria of Portugal.
Maria Manuela
Princess of Portugal, Princess of Asturias

Portrait by Antonis Mor
Born (1527-10-15)15 October 1527
Died 12 July 1545(1545-07-12) (aged 17)
Burial El Escorial
Spouse Philip, Prince of Asturias
Issue Carlos, Prince of Asturias
House Aviz
Father John III of Portugal
Mother Catherine of Austria
Religion Roman Catholicism

Dona Maria Manuela (15 October 152712 July 1545[1]) was the eldest daughter and second child of King John III of Portugal and his wife Catherine of Austria. She was Princess of Asturias as the first wife of the future Philip II of Spain, and Princess of Portugal as heir presumptive to the Portuguese throne between 1527 and 1535.

Early life

Maria was born in Coimbra on 15 October 1527 and was one of the few children of John III to survive childhood. In her youth, Maria received a humanistic education that was considered typical for a princess of her time.[2] She married her cousin Philip on 12 November 1543 at Salamanca.[3] She gave birth to their son Don Carlos on 8 July 1545, but died four days later due to a haemorrhage[4] in Valladolid.


Coat of arms of Maria Manuela of Portugal as Princess of Asturias


  1. Kamen p. 20
  2. Delbrugge, Laura (2015). Self-Fashioning and Assumptions of Identity in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia. Netherlands: Brill. p. 230. ISBN 9789004250482. ¨¨
  3. Kamen p. 12
  4. Kamen p. 20


Maria Manuela, Princess of Portugal
Cadet branch of the House of Burgundy
Born: 15 October 1527 Died: 12 August 1545
Preceded by
Princess of Portugal
Succeeded by
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