Urraca of Portugal

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Urraca of Portugal
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Afonso in Genealogy of the Kings of Portugal (António de Holanda, 1530–1534)
Queen consort of León
Tenure 1165–1175
Born 1148
Died c. 1211
Wamba, Valladolid
Burial Monastery of Santa María de Wamba
Spouse Ferdinand II of León
Issue Alfonso IX of León
House Burgundy
Father Afonso Henriques
Mother Maud of Savoy
Religion Roman Catholic

Infanta Urraca of Portugal (Portuguese pronunciation: [uˈʁakɐ]; (Coimbra, 1148[1]Wamba, Valladolid, 1211[2]) was an infanta of Portugal, daughter of Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal, and his wife, Queen Maud of Savoy. She was queen consort of León as the wife of King Ferdinand II and the mother of Alfonso IX.


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The Queen's Chapel in the Church of Santa María de Wamba where she was buried.

Daughter of Afonso I, the first king of Portugal, and his wife Maud of Savoy, she had several siblings, including King Sancho I.

In May or June of 1165, she married Ferdinand II, becoming the first infanta of Portugal to have married a Leonese monarch. The only son of this marriage, Alfonso IX, was born in Zamora on 15 August 1171.[3]

However, the marriage of Ferdinand II and Urraca was annulled in 1171 or 1172 by Pope Alexander III the two being second cousins, great-grandchildren of Alfonso VI of León and Castile. Urraca then became a nun joining the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem and retired to live in the estates that her former husband had given her in the Carta de Arras (wedding tokens) in Zamora. Later, she retired in the Monastery of Santa María de Wamba which belonged to the aforementioned order.[4]

On 25 May 1176, Queen Urraca donated land and villas to the Order of Saint John, probably coinciding with her joining the order. These properties included Castroverde de Campos and Mansilla in León and Salas and San Andrés in Asturias.[5] She was present in 1188 at the coronation of her son Alfonso IX who inherited the throne after his father's death on 22 January 1188 and, in that same year, on 4 May, both confirmed the privileges granted by the former king to the Order of Santiago.[4] Her presence is registered for the last time in medieval charters in 1211 when she donated the village of Castrotorafe that she had received from her husband the king in 1165 as a wedding gift to the Cathedral of Zamora.[6][2]

Queen Urraca was buried at the Monastery of Santa María de Wamba in what is now the province of Valladolid, that belonged to the Order of Saint John.[4] In the interior of the Church of Santa María, the only part remaining of the ancient monastery, is the Chapel of the Queen where a plaque that was placed there subsequently mentions that Queen Urraca of Portugal had been interrred in this church.[7]


Preceded by
Richeza of Poland
Queen Consort of León
Succeeded by
Teresa Fernández de Traba



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