Maria acted as the regent of Aragon during the reign of her spouse, as he was absent during most of his reign; her regencies lasted between 1420 and 1423 and between 1432 and 1458. She was also briefly Princess of Asturias in her own right as the heir presumptive to the throne of Castile. , In 1420, Alfonso left Aragon to pursue his claim to the throne of Naples.  By the same arrangement, Maria's brother John was to marry Alfonso's sister Maria and Maria's sister Catherine was to marry Alfonso's brother Henry. She did not have her first menstrual period until she was sixteen and the consummation of the marriage had to be delayed; the couple would have no children. It will enhance any encyclopedic page you visit with the magic of the WIKI 2 technology. Congratulations on this excellent venture… what a great idea! While her personal retinue included many Castilians, Maria strategically appointed only Catalans to the offices during her regency, which contributed to her popularity and the smooth functioning of her court. As th… That's it. The young Queen appeared in public only when it was necessary and refrained from taking part in politics, instead deferring to Eleanor. While her personal retinue included many Castilians, Maria strategically appointed only Aragonese to the offices during her regency, which contributed to her popularity and the smooth functioning of her court. Would you like Wikipedia to always look as professional and up-to-date? Her father had her formally recognised as heiress presumptive at the Cortes of Toledo on 6 January 1402. Her mother, Queen Catherine, governed the Crown of Castile as regent during King John II's minority and the Infanta was able to observe her mother's statesmanship. Maria of Aragon ( 24 February 1403– 18 February 1445) was the Queen consort of Castile and Leon as the wife of John II of Castile. Instead, he declared Maria his regent. , Less than one year later, on 1 April 1416, King Ferdinand I died, leaving the crown to Maria's husband and making her Queen of Aragon. I use WIKI 2 every day and almost forgot how the original Wikipedia looks like. Maria acted as the regent of Aragon during the reign of her spouse, as he was absent during most of his reign; her regencies lasted between 1420 and 1423 and between 1432 and 1458. The few moments of marital happiness occurred during the early years of the marriage. Her marriage was simply a political alliance.  She was overshadowed by her formidable mother-in-law who continued to exercise strong political influence even after her husband's death. , From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core, "Maria of Castile" redirects here. There is no evidence that the politically active Queen Eleanor ever prepared her daughter-in-law for her role, as would have been customary. "Maria of Castile" redirects here. , Her childhood was quite happy by all accounts; the frailty of her health was not evident until she was a married adolescent.  Her godmother was her mother's aunt, Maria de Ayala, a nun and illegitimate daughter of King Peter of Castile. Her mother, Queen Catherine, governed the Crown of Castile as regent during King John II's minority and the Infanta was able to observe her mother's statesmanship. , Her first tenure as regent lasted from 1420 until 1423, and her second from 1432 until her husband's death in 1458. For others by the same name, see, File:Coat of Arms of Maria of Castile, Queen of Aragon.svg, https://infogalactic.com/w/index.php?title=Maria_of_Castile,_Queen_of_Aragon&oldid=707782990, Pages using citations with accessdate and no URL, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, About Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core. Mother and daughter were very close and remained in frequent correspondence even after the latter's marriage. A bout of smallpox left her permanently scarred and unattractive. Her education was supervised by the Great Steward, Pedro González de Mendoza, while her governess was Inés de Ayala y Toledo, 3rd Lady de Casarrubios del Monte. At the same time, she was bethrothed to her first cousin, Alfonso, the son of her paternal uncle Ferdinand, as a way to strengthen her status. After her death on 18 February 1445, her husband married Isabella of Portugal and they became the parents of Isabella I of Castile.