Lost Kingdoms: Kingdom and Crown of Castile

January 1, 2018 Moniek 0

The Kingdom of Castile was established in 1065 under King Sancho II of León and Castile. Ferdinand I of León had been Count of Castile and he became King of León by right of his wife, Sancha of León. He became King of León and Castile in 1037 and upon his death in 1065, Castile and León were divided among his [read more]

Isabella of Portugal – “profunda tristeza”

October 20, 2017 Moniek 2

In 1700, an entire Royal dynasty came to a crashing end with the death Charles II of Spain. After sixteen generations of inbreeding, his mental illness and extreme physical deformities rendered him unable to produce an heir. This inherited insanity was often thought to have originated with Joanna of Castile but actually began with her [read more]

Eleonor – Daughter of England and Queen of Castile

July 16, 2017 Marie 0

Eleonor, the daughter of Eleanor of Aquitaine, grew up to be all the things we tend not to associate with her mother. Put another way, Eleonor was a supportive wife and the matriarch of a loving and close-knit family. She was born in September 1161 at Domfront, in Normandy – one of the many territories [read more]

Joanna la Beltraneja

April 21, 2017 Moniek 1

The circumstances surrounding Joanna’s birth would influence the rest of her life. She was born on 21 February 1462 as the daughter of Joan of Portugal and, maybe Henry IV of Castile. Their marriage had been childless for seven years before Joanna’s birth, and Henry had previously been married to Blanche II of Navarre, which [read more]

Joan of Portugal – The scandalous Queen

March 24, 2017 Moniek 3

Joan of Portugal was born on 20 March 1439 as the daughter of Edward, King of Portugal and Eleanor of Aragon. She never knew her father as he died on 9 September 1438 and was succeeded by her brother Afonso. On 21 May 1455, Joan married King Henry IV of Castile as his second wife. His [read more]

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