The Most Famous

COMPANIONS from Spain

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This page contains a list of the greatest Spanish Companions. The pantheon dataset contains 687 Companions, 40 of which were born in Spain. This makes Spain the birth place of the 5th most number of Companions behind Italy and United Kingdom.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Spanish Companions of all time. This list of famous Spanish Companions is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Spanish Companions.

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1. Catherine of Aragon (1485 - 1536)

With an HPI of 83.50, Catherine of Aragon is the most famous Spanish Companion.  Her biography has been translated into 65 different languages on wikipedia.

Catherine of Aragon (Spanish: Catalina de Aragón; 16 December 1485 – 7 January 1536) was Queen of England from June 1509 until May 1533 as the first wife of King Henry VIII; she was previously Princess of Wales as the wife of Henry's elder brother, Arthur. The daughter of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, Catherine was three years old when she was betrothed to Arthur, Prince of Wales, heir apparent to the English throne. They married in 1501, but Arthur died five months later. She held the position of ambassador of the Aragonese crown to England in 1507, the first known female ambassador in European history. Catherine subsequently married Arthur's younger brother, the recently ascended Henry VIII, in 1509. For six months in 1513, she served as regent of England while Henry VIII was in France. During that time the English crushed and defeated the Scottish at the Battle of Flodden, an event in which Catherine played an important part with an emotional speech about English courage.By 1525, Henry VIII was infatuated with Anne Boleyn and dissatisfied that his marriage to Catherine had produced no surviving sons, leaving their daughter, the future Mary I of England, as heir presumptive at a time when there was no established precedent for a woman on the throne. He sought to have their marriage annulled, setting in motion a chain of events that led to England's schism with the Catholic Church. When Pope Clement VII refused to annul the marriage, Henry defied him by assuming supremacy over religious matters. In 1533 their marriage was consequently declared invalid and Henry married Anne on the judgement of clergy in England, without reference to the pope. Catherine refused to accept Henry as supreme head of the Church in England and considered herself the king's rightful wife and queen, attracting much popular sympathy. Despite this, she was acknowledged only as dowager princess of Wales by Henry. After being banished from court by Henry, she lived out the remainder of her life at Kimbolton Castle, and died there on 7 January 1536 of cancer. The English people held Catherine in high esteem, and her death set off tremendous mourning.The Education of a Christian Woman by Juan Luis Vives, controversial at its release for promoting that women have the right to an education, was commissioned by and dedicated to her in 1523. Such was Catherine's impression on people that even her enemy, Thomas Cromwell, said of her, "If not for her sex, she could have defied all the heroes of History." She successfully appealed for the lives of the rebels involved in the Evil May Day, for the sake of their families. Catherine also won widespread admiration by starting an extensive programme for the relief of the poor. She was a patron of Renaissance humanism, and a friend of the great scholars Erasmus of Rotterdam and Thomas More.

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2. Maria Theresa of Spain (1638 - 1683)

With an HPI of 79.38, Maria Theresa of Spain is the 2nd most famous Spanish Companion.  Her biography has been translated into 46 different languages.

Maria Theresa of Spain (Spanish: María Teresa de Austria; French: Marie-Thérèse d'Autriche; 10 September 1638 – 30 July 1683), was by birth Infanta of Spain and Portugal (until 1640) and Archduchess of Austria as member of the Spanish branch of the House of Habsburg and by marriage Queen of France and Navarre. Her marriage in 1660 to King Louis XIV, her double first cousin, was made with the purpose of ending the lengthy war between France and Spain. Famed for her virtue and piety, she saw five of her six children die in early childhood, and is frequently viewed as an object of pity in historical accounts of her husband's reign, since she was often neglected by the court. Without any political influence in the French court or government (except briefly in 1672, when she was named regent during her husband's absence during the Franco-Dutch War), she died at the early age of 44 from complications from an abscess on her arm. Her grandson Philip V inherited the Spanish throne in 1700 after the death of her younger half-brother, Charles II, and the War of the Spanish Succession, founding the Spanish branch of the House of Bourbon, which has reigned with some interruption until present time.

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3. Eugénie de Montijo (1826 - 1920)

With an HPI of 78.67, Eugénie de Montijo is the 3rd most famous Spanish Companion.  Her biography has been translated into 47 different languages.

Doña María Eugenia Ignacia Agustina de Palafox y Kirkpatrick, 19th Countess of Teba, 16th Marchioness of Ardales (5 May 1826 – 11 July 1920), known as Eugénie de Montijo (French: [øʒeni də montiχo]), was Empress of the French from her marriage to Emperor Napoleon III on 30 January 1853 until the Emperor was overthrown on 4 September 1870.

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4. Isabella of Aragon, Queen of Portugal (1470 - 1498)

With an HPI of 76.12, Isabella of Aragon, Queen of Portugal is the 4th most famous Spanish Companion.  Her biography has been translated into 36 different languages.

Isabella, Princess of Asturias (2 October 1470 – 23 August 1498) was a queen consort of Portugal and heir presumptive of King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella I of Castile, as their eldest daughter. Her younger siblings were John, Prince of Asturias, Queen Joanna I of Castile, Maria, Queen of Portugal and Catherine, Queen of England.

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5. Catherine of Austria, Queen of Portugal (1507 - 1578)

With an HPI of 75.81, Catherine of Austria, Queen of Portugal is the 5th most famous Spanish Companion.  Her biography has been translated into 32 different languages.

Catherine of Austria (Portuguese: Catarina; 14 January 1507 – 12 February 1578) was Queen of Portugal as wife of King John III, and regent during the minority of her grandson, King Sebastian, from 1557 until 1562.

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6. Mariana Victoria of Spain (1718 - 1781)

With an HPI of 74.83, Mariana Victoria of Spain is the 6th most famous Spanish Companion.  Her biography has been translated into 29 different languages.

Mariana Victoria of Spain (Portuguese: Mariana Vitória; 31 March 1718 – 15 January 1781) was an Infanta of Spain by birth and was later the Queen of Portugal as wife of King Joseph I. The eldest daughter of Philip V of Spain and Elisabeth Farnese, she was engaged to the young Louis XV of France at the age of seven. Rejected due to her age, the marriage never took place and she was sent back to Spain. In 1729 she was married to Infante José, son of John V of Portugal and successor to his father as Joseph I of Portugal. She also acted as regent of Portugal during the last months of her husband's life and as advisor to her daughter, Maria I of Portugal, in her reign.

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7. Blanche of Castile (1188 - 1252)

With an HPI of 74.71, Blanche of Castile is the 7th most famous Spanish Companion.  Her biography has been translated into 42 different languages.

Blanche of Castile (Spanish: Blanca de Castilla; 4 March 1188 – 27 November 1252) was Queen consort of France by marriage to Louis VIII. She acted as regent twice during the reign of her son, Louis IX: during his minority from 1226 until 1234, and during his absence from 1248 until 1252. She was born in Palencia, Spain, 1188, the third daughter of Alfonso VIII, King of Castile, and Eleanor of England.

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8. Carlos, Prince of Asturias (1545 - 1568)

With an HPI of 74.57, Carlos, Prince of Asturias is the 8th most famous Spanish Companion.  His biography has been translated into 38 different languages.

Several of the Carlist pretenders to the Spanish throne were also known as Don Carlos. Carlos, Prince of Asturias, also known as Don Carlos (8 July 1545 – 24 July 1568), was the eldest son and heir-apparent of King Philip II of Spain. His mother was Maria Manuela of Portugal, daughter of John III of Portugal. Carlos was mentally unstable and was imprisoned by his father in early 1568, dying after half a year of solitary confinement. His fate was a theme in Spain's Black Legend, and inspired a play by Friedrich Schiller and an opera by Giuseppe Verdi.

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9. Maria of Aragon, Queen of Portugal (1482 - 1517)

With an HPI of 74.33, Maria of Aragon, Queen of Portugal is the 9th most famous Spanish Companion.  Her biography has been translated into 34 different languages.

Maria of Aragon (29 June 1482 – 7 March 1517) was a Spanish infanta, and queen consort of Portugal as the second spouse of Portuguese King Manuel I.

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10. Inês de Castro (1325 - 1355)

With an HPI of 73.87, Inês de Castro is the 10th most famous Spanish Companion.  Her biography has been translated into 26 different languages.

Inês de Castro (Portuguese pronunciation: [iˈneʒ dɨ ˈkaʃtɾu]; in Castilian: Inés; 1325 – 7 January 1355) was a Galician noblewoman best known as lover and posthumously-recognized wife of King Peter I of Portugal. The dramatic circumstances of her relationship with Peter (at the time Prince of Portugal), which was forbidden by his father King Afonso IV, her murder at the orders of Afonso, Peter's bloody revenge on her killers, and the legend of the coronation of her exhumed corpse by Peter, have made Inês de Castro a frequent subject of art, music, and drama through the ages.

Pantheon has 40 people classified as companions born between 356 and 1860. Of these 40, none of them are still alive today. The most famous deceased companions include Catherine of Aragon, Maria Theresa of Spain, and Eugénie de Montijo. As of October 2020, 4 new companions have been added to Pantheon including Constance of Aragon, Queen of Sicily, Maria de Luna, and Margaret of Prades.

Deceased Companions

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Which Companions were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 7 most globally memorable Companions since 1700.