Mécia Lopes de Haro

Mécia Lopes de Haro
Queen consort of Portugal
Tenure1246–1248
Bornc. 1215
Biscay
Diedc. 1270
Palencia
Burial
SpouseÁlvaro Pérez de Castro
Sancho II of Portugal
HouseHouse of Haro
House of Burgundy
FatherLope Díaz II de Haro
MotherUrraca Alfonso of León
ReligionRoman Catholicism

Mécia Lopes de Haro or Mencía López de Haro (c.1215–1270) was a Castilian noblewoman, the wife successively of count Álvaro Pérez de Castro and of King Sancho II of Portugal. The subsequent annulment of her marriage by Pope Innocent IV has led to disagreement over whether she should be counted among the queens consort of Portugal. She played a central role in the Portuguese political crisis of 1245.

Birth

Mécia Lopes was born in Biscay, the daughter of Lope Díaz II de Haro, lord of Biscay, and of Urraca Alfonso of León. Her mother was an illegitimate daughter of Alfonso IX of León. She was thus niece of the reigning king, Ferdinand III of Castile.[citation needed]