Beatrice, Countess of Arundel

Beatrice of Portugal (Portuguese: Beatriz [bi.ɐˈtɾiʃ]; 1382[1] – November 1439[2]), LG, was a natural daughter of John I of Portugal and Inês Pires born before the marriage of her father with Philippa of Lancaster.[3] She was a sister of Afonso, Duke of Braganza and half-sister of King Edward of Portugal, Infante Peter, Duke of Coimbra, Henry the Navigator, Isabella of Portugal, Duchess of Burgundy, John, Constable of Portugal, and Ferdinand the Saint Prince. Queen Philippa was in charge of the education of both of her husband's children out of wedlock.[3]

Beatrice of Portugal
Countess of Arundel
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Fitzalan Chapel at Arundel Castle - Statues 2
Funeral Effigy at Arundel Chapel
Bornc. 1382
Veiros, Alentejo, Portugal
DiedNovember 1439
Bordeaux, France
BuriedFitzalan Chapel, Sussex
SpousesThomas Fitzalan, 5th Earl of Arundel
John Holland, 2nd Duke of Exeter
FatherJohn I of Portugal
MotherInês Pires
Beatrice of Portugal, Countess of Arundel

Beatrice was born 1382,[1] possibly in Veiros, Alentejo, Portugal. Some say that her mother Inês Pires was "the daughter of a Jewish cobbler." But others say she came from an old Portuguese noble line. In April 1405 her wedding with Thomas Fitzalan, 12th Earl of Arundel by proxy was celebrated in Lisbon and, in the same year, she travelled to England, accompanied by her brother Afonso and many of the king's vassals and her ladies-in-waiting where the marriage ceremony took place on 26 November 1405 in London, with King Henry IV in attendance.[3]

Thomas died on 13 October 1415. Beatrice then married John Holland, Earl of Huntingdon, nephew of her stepmother Queen Philippa, in 1432. She is sometimes confused with another Portuguese lady, Beatrice Pinto, wife of Gilbert Talbot and Thomas Fittiplace. It is unknown if Beatrice had children from any of her marriages. Beatrice died in Bordeaux, France in November 1439. After her death her husband married Lady Anne Montagu.




  • Rodrigues Oliveira, Ana (2010). Rainhas medievais de Portugal. Dezassete mulheres, duas dinastias, quatro séculos de História (in Portuguese). Lisbon: A esfera dos livros. ISBN 978-989-626-261-7.
  • Santos Silva, Manuela (2007). "O casamento de D. Beatriz de Portugal (filha natural de D. João I) com Thomas Fitzalan (Conde de Arundel) – paradigma documental da negociaçião de uma aliança". Problematizar a História (in Portuguese). Casal de Cambra: Caleidoscópio. pp. 77–91. OCLC 828194156.

Further readingEdit

  • Douglas Richardson's Royal Ancestry (2013), Vol. II, pp. 538–539 & 613, and Vol. V, p. 119