Urraca of Portugal

Urraca of Portugal (Portuguese pronunciation: [uˈʁakɐ]; (Coimbra, 1148[1] Wamba, Valladolid, 1211[2]) was an infanta of Portugal, daughter of Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal, and his wife, Queen Maud of Savoy. She was queen consort of León as the wife of King Ferdinand II and the mother of Alfonso IX.

Urraca of Portugal
Urraca in Genealogy of the Kings of Portugal (António de Holanda, 1530–1534)
Queen consort of León
Diedc. 1211
Wamba, Valladolid
Monastery of Santa María de Wamba
SpouseFerdinand II of León
IssueAlfonso IX of León
HousePortuguese House of Burgundy
FatherAfonso Henriques
MotherMaud of Savoy
ReligionRoman Catholicism


Daughter of Afonso I, the first king of Portugal, and his wife Maud of Savoy, she had several siblings, including King Sancho I.

In May or June 1165, she married Ferdinand II, becoming the first infanta of Portugal to have married a Leonese monarch. The only son of this marriage, Alfonso IX, was born in Zamora on 15 August 1171.[3]

However, the marriage of Ferdinand II and Urraca was annulled in 1171 or 1172 by Pope Alexander III the two being second cousins, great-grandchildren of Alfonso VI of León and Castile. Urraca then became a nun joining the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem and retired to live in the estates that her former husband had given her in the Carta de Arras (wedding tokens) in Zamora. Later, she retired in the Monastery of Santa María de Wamba which belonged to the aforementioned order.[4]

On 25 May 1176, Queen Urraca donated land and villas to the Order of Saint John, probably coinciding with her joining the order. These properties included Castroverde de Campos and Mansilla in León and Salas and San Andrés in Asturias.[5] She was present in 1188 at the coronation of her son Alfonso IX who inherited the throne after his father's death on 22 January 1188 and, in that same year, on 4 May, both confirmed the privileges granted by the former king to the Order of Santiago.[4] Her presence is registered for the last time in medieval charters in 1211 when she donated the village of Castrotorafe that she had received from her husband the king in 1165 as a wedding gift to the Cathedral of Zamora.[6][2]


Queen Urraca was buried at the Monastery of Santa María de Wamba in what is now the province of Valladolid.[4] St Mary's, the former monastic church and the only part remaining of the ancient monastery, contains the Chapel of the Queen: a plaque that was placed there subsequently mentions that Queen Urraca of Portugal had been interred in this church.[7]



  1. Mattoso 2014, p. 226.
  2. Rodrigues Oliveira 2010, p. 79.
  3. Arco y Garay 1954, p. 167.
  4. Arco y Garay 1954, p. 168.
  5. García Tato 2004, pp. 133-134, doc. 31.
  6. Gross 1998, pp. 1226-227.
  7. Elorza et al 1990, p. 57.


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  • Elorza, Juan C.; Vaquero, Lourdes; Castillo, Belén; Negro, Marta (1990). Junta de Castilla y León. Consejería de Cultura y Bienestar Social (ed.). El Panteón Real de las Huelgas de Burgos. Los enterramientos de los reyes de León y de Castilla. Publisher Evergráficas S.A. ISBN 84-241-9999-5.
  • García Tato, Isidro (2004). Las encomiendas gallegas de la Orden Militar de San Juan de Jerusalén: Estudio y edición documental (in Spanish). Vol. I. Santiago de Compostela: Instituto de Estudios Gallegos «Padre Sarmiento». hdl:10261/49926. ISBN 8400082508.
  • Gross, Georg (1998). "El fuero de Castrotorafe (1129). Transición a la documentación romanizadora". Boletín de la Real Academia de la Historia (in Spanish). Madrid. Vol. CXCV, Cuaderno II: 221–229. ISSN 0034-0626.
  • Mattoso, José (2014). D. Afonso Henriques (in Portuguese). Lisbon: Temas e Debates. ISBN 978-972-759-911-0.
  • 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.
Preceded by
Richeza of Poland
Queen consort of León
Succeeded by
Teresa Fernández de Traba
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