Alonso de Aragón

Alonso de Aragón
Archbishop of Zaragoza; Archbishop of Valencia
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ArchdioceseRoman Catholic Archdiocese of Zaragoza
Appointed14 August 1478
Term ended24 February 1520
PredecessorAusias de Puggio
SuccessorJuan de Aragón
Personal details
Cervera, Spain
Died(1520-02-24)February 24, 1520 (aged 50)
BuriedLa Seo Cathedral
ParentsFerdinand II of Aragon
Aldonza Ruiz de Ivorra
ChildrenJuan de Aragón y de Guerrea
Hernando, Archbishop of Zaragoza

Alonso de Aragón or Alfonso de Aragón (1468 – 24 February 1520) was Archbishop of Zaragoza, Archbishop of Valencia and Lieutenant General of Aragon. Born in Cervera, he was an illegitimate son of Ferdinand II of Aragon by a Catalan noblewoman called Aldonza Ruiz de Ivorra (1452–1516). In his youth his tutor was Antonio Geraldini, brother of the humanist scholar Alessandro Geraldini.

Ecclesiastical career

Alonso was more a politician than a clergyman. His ecclesiastical career was determined by his father when he was five years old; his half-uncle, Juan de Aragón, Archbishop of Zaragoza and illegitimate son of King John II of Aragon, died. Ferdinand II decided that Alonso would succeed him, but Pope Sixtus IV thought that he was too young and appointed Ausías de Puggio. By 1478, the Pope couldn't withstand the pressure any more and appointed Alonso as new Archbishop on 14 August. However, he was not ordained as a priest until 7 November 1501, a day before being ordained as a bishop.

On 23 January 1512, Alonso was appointed Archbishop of Valencia. He was enthroned as such on 4 April 1512.