Alonso de Aragón

Alonso de Aragón or Alfonso de Aragón (1468 – 24 February 1520) was Archbishop of Zaragoza, Archbishop of Valencia and Lieutenant General of Aragon. Born in Cervera, he was an illegitimate son of Ferdinand II of Aragon by a Catalan noblewoman called Aldonza Ruiz de Ivorra (1452–1516). In his youth his tutor was Antonio Geraldini, brother of the humanist scholar Alessandro Geraldini.

Alonso de Aragón
Archbishop of Zaragoza; Archbishop of Valencia
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ArchdioceseRoman Catholic Archdiocese of Zaragoza
Appointed14 August 1478
Term ended24 February 1520
PredecessorAusias de Puggio
SuccessorJuan de Aragón
Personal details
Cervera, Spain
Died(1520-02-24)24 February 1520 (aged 52)
BuriedLa Seo Cathedral
ParentsFerdinand II of Aragon
Aldonza Ruiz de Ivorra
ChildrenJuan de Aragón y de Guerrea
Hernando, Archbishop of Zaragoza

Ecclesiastical careerEdit

Alonso was more a politician than a clergyman. His ecclesiastical career was determined by his father when he was five years old; his half-uncle, Juan de Aragón, Archbishop of Zaragoza and illegitimate son of King John II of Aragon, died. Ferdinand II decided that Alonso would succeed him, but Pope Sixtus IV thought that he was too young and appointed Ausías de Puggio. By 1478, the Pope couldn't withstand the pressure any more and appointed Alonso as new Archbishop on 14 August. However, he was not ordained as a priest until 7 November 1501, a day before being ordained as a bishop.

On 23 January 1512, Alonso was appointed Archbishop of Valencia. He was enthroned as such on 4 April 1512.

Political careerEdit

His father made him Lieutenant General of the Kingdom of Naples in 1507, to replace Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba. In 1512, he was in command of the troops that conquered Tudela in the Spanish conquest of Iberian Navarre.

When his father died in 1516, the Archbishop was appointed by his will as Lieutenant General of Aragon and de facto ruler of Aragon, due to the insanity of his half-sister, Queen Joanna, who inherited the crown. When Joanna's son and co-ruler, Charles I, arrived in November 1518, the Archbishop was confirmed as Lieutenant General of Aragon. He died two years later in Lécera.

Aragón also realised important modifications on the La Seo Cathedral, where he was buried.


Despite being Archbishop, Alonso had seven children with Ana de Gurrea (1470–1527), including:




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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Ausias de Puggio
Archbishop of Zaragoza
14 August 1478 – 24 February 1520
Succeeded by
Juan de Aragón
Preceded by
Pedro-Luis de Borja
Archbishop of Valencia
23 January 1512 – 24 February 1520
Succeeded by
Erardo de la Marca
Political offices
New title Lieutenant General of Aragon
1517 – 24 February 1520
Succeeded by
Juan de Lanuza y Torrellas