Fadrique de Portugal

Fadrique de Portugal (c. 1465 – 15 January 1539) was a Portuguese politician and cleric.

Fadrique de Portugal
Archbishop of Zaragoza
ArchdioceseRoman Catholic Archdiocese of Zaragoza
Term ended1539
PredecessorJuan de Aragón II
SuccessorHernando de Aragón
Consecration5 May 1503
Personal details
Bornc. 1465
Vila Viçosa, Kingdom of Portugal
Died15 January 1539
Barcelona, Crown of Aragon, Kingdom of Spain
ParentsAfonso, 1st Count of Faro
Maria de Noronha e Sousa, 2nd Countess of Odemira


Born around 1465 in Vila Viçosa, Fadrique de Portugal was a son of Afonso, 1st Count of Faro, and Maria de Noronha e Sousa, 2nd Countess of Odemira. He was a patrilineal great-grandson of Afonso I, Duke of Braganza, an illegitimate son of King John I of Portugal, as well as a descendant of King Henry II of Castile and Ferdinand I of Portugal. He studied law and canon law.

He had a close relationship with Queen Isabella I of Castile and was with her in her final hours, signing her last will and testament as a witness. After her death, he became a counselor of her widower, King Ferdinand II of Aragon. Due to his commitment to the royal family, the Archbishop strongly supported Isabella and Ferdinand's daughter Joanna upon her accession to her parents' thrones and also supported the accession of her son, Charles I, as her co-ruler. King Charles I kept him as royal counselor.

He started his ecclesiastical career as canon of Segorbe and Albarracin, becoming bishop of Calahorra in 1503 and remaining in that post until 1508, when he was named bishop of Segovia. He served as such until 1511. In 1512, he became bishop of Sigüenza. Charles I appointed him viceroy of Catalonia and captain-general of Catalonia, Cerdanya and Roussillon in 1525. He produced numerous works and commissioned the decoration of several churches. Finally, in 1532, he was made archbishop of Zaragoza, but he never visited the city itself.

He died in Barcelona on 15 January 1539 and was transferred to the Cathedral of Santa Maria de Sigüenza, where he was buried in the mausoleum that bears his name.


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Bishop of Calahorra
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Segovia
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Sigüenza
Succeeded by
Preceded by Archbishop of Zaragoza
Succeeded by
Political offices
Title last held by
Antonio de Zúñiga
Viceroy of Catalonia
Succeeded by