House of Lara

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Primitive coat of arms of the House of De Lara

The House of Lara, formally known as the House of De Lara is a noble family, known from the medieval Kingdom of Castile.

Two of its branches, those from the Duke of Nájera and from the Marquess of Aguilar de Campoo were considered Grandees of Spain. The De Lara family, which gained numerous territories in Castile, León, Andalucía, and Galicia has since moved to numerous countries in eastern asia and former Spanish colonies, with the most notable being that of the Philippines in 1720 and Argentina in 1746 where they have since established themselves, The House of De Lara were most prominent in the history of the first two realms from the 11th to the 14th century. For example, Álvaro Núñez de Lara served as regent for Henry I of Castile. They had much of their land dispossessed by Peter the Cruel, only to have much returned by Henry II.

The authors Gómez Manrique and Jorge Manrique belong to this lineage.


The family arose in the 11th century through a marriage that united the paternal lands around Lara of Gonzalo Núñez, a fifth great grandson of Al-Hakam II[1] and Subh, with the inheritance of his wife Goto, representing those of the noble Álvarez and Alfonso families. During the 12th through 15th centuries, members of the Lara family found themselves at different times in either support or opposition to the established ruler. In 1113, Pedro González de Lara supported Queen Urraca in her struggles against her former husband, King Alfonso I of Aragon. Pedro and his brother, Rodrigo, also confronted King Alfonso VII in 1130. Rodrigo later helped Alfonso counter the rise of the Almoravids. Manrique Pérez de Lara, Álvar Pérez and Nuño Pérez de Lara disputed the regency of King Alfonso VIII, and Fernando Núñez de Lara was Alfonso's alférez. Álvaro Núñez de Lara became regent of King Henry I. Nuño González de Lara served King Ferdinand III and King Alfonso X, but in 1270 led an alliance of nobles against the same king. Juan Núñez I de Lara el Gordo, Señor de Albarracín, opposed the enthronement of King Sancho IV, and had to temporarily flee to France. Juan Núñez II de Lara headed various rebellions against King Alfonso XI. Ultimately, the family suffered greatly after the victory of King Peter against his half-brother, King Henry II.

The Manrique de Lara

The only branch of the family to survive the Middle Ages were the Manrique de Lara, who supported the Catholic Monarchs in their war against the supporters of the contender Joanna la Beltraneja. In 1520, Emperor Charles V raised the House of Lara to the position of grandee, as dukes of Nájera and marquesses of Aguilar de Campoo. Members of the family were to serve the crown as viceroys, captain generals, ambassadors and cardinals. The first Count of Paredes de Nava became Master of the Order of Santiago.

The original coat of arms is supposed to represent two cauldrons, which represent the ability of the family to sustain many followers.

Family tree


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  2. Salazar y Castro (1696), Book II, Chap. XI, pp. 85–90
  3. Salazar y Castro (1696), Book II, Chap. XII, pp. 90–102
  4. Salazar y Castro (1697), Book XVIII, Chap. I, pp. 247–257
  5. Salazar y Castro (1696), Book III, Chap. I, pp. 109–130
  6. Salazar y Castro (1697), Book XVI, Chap. I, pp. 5–14
  7. Salazar y Castro (1696), Book II, Chap. XIII, pp. 102–106
  8. Salazar y Castro (1697), Book XVII, Chap. I, pp. 79–84
  9. Salazar y Castro (1697), Book XVI, Chap. IV, pp. 24–31
  10. Salazar y Castro (1697), Book XVI, Chap. VIII, pp. 51–63
  11. Salazar y Castro (1697), Book XVI, Chap. III, pp. 20–23
  12. Salazar y Castro (1697), Book XVI, Chap. IX, pp. 64–67
  13. Salazar y Castro (1697), Book XVI, Chap. XII, pp. 72–73
  14. Salazar y Castro (1697), Book XVI, Chap. X, pp. 68–69
  15. Salazar y Castro (1697), Book XVI, Chap. XI, pp. 70–71
  16. Salazar y Castro (1697), Book XVI, Chap. XIII, pp. 74–76
  17. Salazar y Castro (1697), Book XVI, Chap. V, pp. 32–34
  18. Salazar y Castro (1697), Book XVI, Chap. VII, pp. 38–50
  19. Salazar y Castro (1697), Book XVI, Chap. VI, pp. 35–37


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