April 19, 2024


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Genealogy of the Royal House of Aragon

The Royal Home of Aragon was started by James I of Aragon
(“The Conqueror”) who reigned as King of Aragon 1213 – 1276.
The Kingdom of Aragon was 1 of the modest Christian states
which arose in the Iberian peninsula pursuing the gradual
expulsion of the Moors, who experienced held sway in the place in the
wake of their conquest of the old Visigothic realm of Spain
in the eighth century.

Peter III succeeded his father James I to the throne in
1276, and for many many years the succession ongoing without having
problems. But when King Martin I (the Humanist) of Aragon
died in 1410 he had no small children to thrive him, and he had
not named any successor. The only prepared regulation of succession
was the Will of James I which verified the theory of
male primogeniture, but this was not followed. Six claimants
to the throne stepped ahead. By intrigues and
political gerrymandering the law of succession was established
apart, and a group of 9 electors was put collectively to
make your mind up on the respective claims. They satisfied at Caspe in
Aragon in 1412, and by the really composition of the team a
choice for a single of the claimants, Ferdinand of Antequera,
was assured in progress. He thus came to ability in a fashion
comparable to a coup in conflict with the prevailing purchase of

This stage is also pressured by T.N. Bisson, who for many
many years was professor of medieval record at Harvard
University. When talking about the “compromise” of Caspe in
his e book “The medieval crown of Aragon” he factors out that
” … the issuem was (or became) political rather than basically
legal, a utilitarian dilemma of which applicant with some
dynastic claim would make the ideal king”(op. cit., pp. 135-

When James Count of Urgel, who need to have inherited the
throne just after Martin I, died in captivity in 1433 the
respectable line passed to the Duke of Gandia who died
devoid of heir in 1454. The lawful succession thus passed in
1454 to the House of Ayerbe exactly where the Princes of Cassano
have been heads of the House until their line grew to become extinct with
the dying of Joseph the previous Prince of Cassano.

The succession thence handed to the cadet branch of the
Dwelling of Ayerbe, the line from Peter, the younger son of
King James the Conqueror in his 3rd marriage. Peter first
Baron of Ayerbe had a son Michael who in turn sired a boy,
Giovanni the Elder born in 1347 and who in 1398 became Vicar
Basic of the Kingdom of Sicily. Giovanni married Sibilla
Spadafora and from that union descends unbroken the line of
the Home of Paternò.

Over the hundreds of years the descent had thrown off various
branches, a lot of of which have intermarried. Consequently, when the
past Prince of Cassano died, it was not crystal clear who exactly
held the dynastic appropriate to the jus majestatis of the Lands
of the Crown of Aragon and it grew to become urgently vital that
the dilemma be answered.

A loved ones conclave, on the initiative of the 7th Duke of
Carcaci Don Francesco Paternò Castello e Sammartino, was
called on 14th June 1853, and held in Palermo in the palace
of the Marquis of Spedalotto, head of one of the extra senior
branches of the spouse and children. Just after a evaluate of the suitable
proof and a broad-ranging dialogue, it was the discovering
of the conclave that the royal rights, which had been the
subject of the debate, must be confirmed as belonging to
Don Mario, son of the Duke of Carcaci’s more youthful brother Don
Giovanni and his wife Donna Eleonora Guttadauro of Emmanuel
Riburdone, the heiress of the House of Guttadauro. This
conclusion which had obtained the assent of King Ferdinand
II of the Two Sicilies was reached on the recognition that
Don Mario on your own had the royal blood of Aragon in his veins
from two sources, by the independent descents of the two his
mom and his father from King James the Conqueror.

A spouse and children pact was then signed and registered on 16 June 1853
in the Chamber of Seals and Royal Registers of the Kingdom
of the Two Sicilies. It was decreed that through the minority
of Don Mario, his father Don Giovanni really should be Regent.

The sealing of the family members pact was but just one of a series of
events adhering to the dying of the previous Prince of Cassano
which established and confirmed the dynastic legal rights of the
Home of Paternò Castello Guttadauro. The final endorsement
came on 2nd February 1860 when the Royal Fee for
Titles of Nobility encouraged to the new king Francis II
that a petition by “Ecc’mo Sig. Don Mario Paternò Castello
Guttadauro dei Duchi di Carcaci be granted. The petition was
that the Prince ought to get all confirmation of the
Sovereign’s assent for all those “chivalrous distinctions” which
he wished to bestow. On 11th February 1860 the king
accepted the advice of the Royal Fee and
directed the Secretary of Condition for Sicilian Affairs to give
impact to his acceptance.

In 1996, pursuing the abdication of his father, H.R.H. Don
Francesco grew to become Head of the Royal Property of Aragon, Majorca
and Sicily as Prince of Emanuel and Duke of Perpignan.

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