Categories: Royal Mistresses.
Bianca Lancia belonged to an illustrious family that had moved from Piedmont when the aristocracy had to give space to the development of the "Comuni" (free municipalities) to search fortune and opportunities in the South of Italy . Later their name in the South become "Lanza". Bianca, likely born in 1210 when the family had already moved, at the age of only 16 in 1226 become mistress of the Emperor and remained such for 20 years. Frederich had just married Jolande of Brienne that at 13 was immature and quite unattractive. She gave Birth to Costanza and Manfredi (the favourite of Frederich 18 children) and, may be, Violante. Around 1256/7 she fell ill . As the third wife of Frederich, Isabel Plantagenet, had also died, he married her "in capitulo mortis" and legitimised the children. This his confirmed by the fact that Manfredi in a document dated 1246 is still mentioned as "Manfredus Lancea", while in his father will dated1250, he is entitled to the castle of monte S.Angelo from her mother dowry. From a rule established since the time of the Altavilla, this castle had to be in the dowry of all the queens of Sicily. For political reasons the Pope refused to aknowledge the marriage because in the frame of the fight between the Popes and Empire, he wanted Manfredi to remain an "usurper" to better support his own candidate Charles of Anjou. Federico II and Bianca gave origin to a lot of legends and popular novels/poetry in the South of Italy.
http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/SICILY.htm#_ftnref676 www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/bianca-lancia/_(Federiciana)/ https://it/wikipedia/.org/wiki/Bianca_Lancia At both addresses many primary sources are quoted
In any case Bonifacio Lancia was an important supporter of Manfredi and in some circumstances acted as his vicar. The Whole family, coming from a different zone with a different political system) gave an important contribution to his reforms aimed to limit the power and indipendence of the Barons and to introduce a modern state with a central administration
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On 29 Jan 2014 at 15:27 GMT Roderick Mallia wrote:
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