A Glimpse into the Circumstances of the Life of Queen Juana I of Castile

The Freelance History Writer

Los_Reyes_Católicos_y_la_infanta_doña_Juana The Catholic Monarchs and the Infanta Dona Juana. Image from the “Rimado of the conquest of Granada”, by Pedro Marcuello

Reading about Queen Juana I of Castile (and Aragon) is just heartbreaking.  Imagine growing up and being given a fine humanist education and speaking extemporaneously in Latin.  Imagine having loving but extremely strict parents who teach you to believe, as a woman, you are totally subservient to the men in your life:  father, husband, son, councilors, etc.  Imagine you were never meant to be a ruling monarch but suddenly you are your mother’s heir and successor when your brother, elder sister and nephew die unexpectedly.  Imagine you make a long journey from Spain to the Low Countries to marry.  Your husband is handsome and there is a great deal of sexual attraction with him.  Then, he takes away your Spanish ladies, allows you absolutely no income, keeps you pregnant and…

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