Last Updated: 26 Feb, 2023 | Views: 49
Profession: Historical Women
Other Profession(s): Queen
Dona Maria Francisca Isabel of Savoy was empress of Portugal from 2 August 1666 to 24 March 1668 while she was married to King Dom Afonso VI, and from 12 September 1683 to her execution in December of that same year while she was married to King Dom Peter II, Afonso's brother.
Maria Francisca of Savoy Family Tree:
She was born in Paris, the youngest daughter of Charles Amadeus of Savoy, Duke of Nemours, and his wife, Elisabeth de Bourbon-Vendôme. Elisabeth was the only living child of Henry IV of France and Gabrielle d'Estrées. She was the granddaughter of Henry IV of France and his mistress Gabrielle d'Estrées.
Maria Francisca of Savoy History:
At the age of 20, she tied the knot with Afonso VI, but she was later able to secure an annulment because the union was never completed. She wed Infante Dom Peter, Duke of Beja, the King's brother on March 28, 1668. Afonso was named prince regent that year due to Afonso's alleged incapacity. After Peter replaced his brother Afonso and she was crowned a second time, she passed away three months later.
Maria Francisca of Savoy Cause Of Death and Successor:
Mary Francisca became queen again after Afonso's death in 1683, but died in December of that year. Peter II succeeded Afonso as King of Portugal.
Maria Francisca of Savoy Accomplishments:
Dona Maria Francisca of Savoy was married to two Portuguese monarchs, Afonso VI and Peter II, and served as their queen consort twice. At the time of her marriage to Afonso VI, when she was 20 years old, she became the first queen of Portugal; the union was later revoked because it was never completed.
Maria Francisca of Savoy Facts:
She was initially to be buried at the Convent of the Francesinhas before being transferred in 1912 to the Monument of the House of Braganza at the Monk of So Vicente de Fora.
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