Maria de La Cerda y de Lara

Maria de La Cerda y de Lara
Countess of Étampes
Reign 1335-1336
Countess of Alençon
Tenure 1336-1375
Born 1319
Died 13 March 1375
Spouse Charles d'Évreux
Charles II, Count of Alençon
among others...
Louis II d'Évreux
Charles III of Alençon
Peter II of Alençon
Robert of Alençon
House House of Burgundy
House of Valois
Father Fernando de la Cerda
Mother Juana Núñez de Lara
Religion Roman Catholicism

Maria de La Cerda y Lara (1319 13 March 1375) was the youngest daughter of Fernando de la Cerda and his wife Juana Núñez de Lara. Maria was a member of the Castilian House of Burgundy. By her second marriage she was Countess consort of Alençon.


Maria was a younger sister of Juan Núñez III de Lara and Blanca de La Cerda y Lara, grandmother of John I of Castile. Maria was Dame de Lunel[1]

When Maria was only three years of age her father died, her mother died twenty-nine years later in 1351.

Maria and her second husband Charles

Maria's maternal grandparents were Juan Núñez II de Lara and his wife Teresa Diaz de Haro. Her paternal grandparents were Ferdinand de la Cerda and his wife Blanche of France, herself daughter of Louis IX of France and Margaret of Provence.

In April 1335 at Poissy, Maria married her first husband Charles d'Évreux. They were married for only a year but had twin sons. On the 5 September 1336 Charles died leaving Maria a seventeen-year-old widow with her two young sons.

Maria remarried only three months after Charles' death to Charles II, Count of Alençon. It was a second marriage for them both, Charles' first wife Jeanne of Joigny had died the previous year. They were married for nine years when Charles died at the Battle of Crécy.

Maria died in Paris on 13 March 1375 and was buried beside her second husband in the now-demolished church of the Couvent des Jacobins in Paris - their effigies are now in the Basilica of St Denis.


With Charles d'Évreux she had twin sons:

  1. Louis II d'Évreux (13361400), married Jeanne (d. 1389), daughter of Raoul I of Brienne, Count of Eu
  2. John (1336 aft. 1373, Rome)

With Charles II of Alençon she had the following children:

  1. Charles III of Alençon (1337 5 July 1375, Lyon)
  2. Philip of Alençon (13381397, Rome), made Bishop of Beauvais in 1356, later Cardinal, Archbishop of Rouen, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Patriarch of Aquileia, and Bishop of Ostia and Sabina
  3. Peter II of Alençon (1340 20 September 1404)
  4. Isabelle (1342 3 September 1379, Poissy), became a nun
  5. Robert of Alençon (13441377), Count of Perche, married 5 April 1374 Jeanne, daughter of Viscount John I of Rohan


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