Elvira of Castile, Queen of Sicily
|Elvira of Castile|
|Queen consort of Sicily|
|Tenure||1130 – 8 February 1135|
|Successor||Sibylla of Burgundy|
|Died||8 February 1135 (aged 34–35)|
|Spouse||Roger II of Sicily|
|Roger III, Duke of Apulia
Tancred, Prince of Bari
Alfonso of Hauteville
William I of Sicily
|Father||Alfonso VI of León and Castile|
|Mother||Isabella (possibly identical to Zaida of Seville)|
Elvira of Castile (c. 1100 – 8 February 1135) was the first Queen of Sicily.
Background and upbringing
She was a daughter of Alfonso VI of Castile by his fourth queen, Isabella (perhaps identical to the Moslem convert Zaida of Seville, baptized as Isabel, who had been Alfonso's mistress). Elvira was raised in Toledo, so she must have been accustomed to a significant level of convivencia, which was present in Sicily as well.
In 1135, both Roger and Elvira fell ill. The illness was grave and infectious. Roger survived, but Elvira did not. Roger remained a widower for fifteen years and remarried only when four out of five of his sons with Elvira died.
- Roger (b. 1118 – d. 12 May 1148), heir, Duke of Apulia (from 1135), possibly also Count of Lecce.
- Tancred (b. 1119 – d. 1138), Prince of Bari (from 1135).
- Alfonso (b. 1120/1121 – d. 10 October 1144), Prince of Capua (from 1135) and Duke of Naples.
- A daughter (d. young, 1135).
- William I of Sicily (b. 1131 – d. 7 May 1166), his successor, Duke of Apulia (from 1148).
- Henry (b. 1135 – d. in infancy).
- Hubert Houben, 35-36.
- Hubert Houben, 95-96.
- Hubert Houben, Roger II of Sicily: A Ruler Between East and West, Cambridge University Press, 2002.
|New title||Queen consort of Sicily
1130 – 8 February 1135
Sibylla of Burgundy