Great loves

The marriage was celebrated in Lille, 21 of August of 1496. The chronicles recount that it could not begin with better auspices: the physical attraction between the bride and groom was very intense from the moment of knowing, forcing to precipitate the marriage to allow to the fiery spouses to consume it immediately. Soon Jane was pregnant, and a child was born, Leonor. According to the most widespread opinion, this pregnancy was the trigger for the change of attitude experienced by Felipe, who returns to his amorous delusions with the ladies of the Court. This situation became public and came to the attention of Juana, who demanded fidelity to her husband. But Felipe ignored her and continued to be unfaithful. Juana, with obsessive jealousy, did her best to return to her passionate relations, while taking a close watch on Felipe, which led to countless situations, more or less. embarrassing As an example of this surprising behavior, two revealing anecdotes are quoted:

She attacked a lady of the company, cutting her hair with her own hands, for having suspicions - it seems that with complete reason - to be one of the furtive Felipe lovers.

At the beginning of the year 1502 Juana and Felipe arrived in Fuenterrabía to be proclaimed princes of Asturias, and Gerona, traditional titles of the respective heirs of Castile and Aragon. On March 10, 1503, the fourth son of the marriage was born in Alcala de Henares: Fernando. For the moment, Philip's pretensions could not go beyond what was achieved, and he does not consider it necessary to continue in the, to a certain extent, austere court of his in-laws. Claiming a certain misrule in his states went to Flanders: Juana, against his will, stays in Spain. Separation increases jealousy, which becomes more and more obsessive. Her parents, the Catholic Monarchs, with the excuse of her physical condition after the recent birth, insist on keeping Juana at her side watching their evolution. But Juana's will is firm, she wants to go to her husband's side. Overcoming the serious attempts of his mother to retain her, she ends up embarking for Flanders. To his dismay, there he proves that his fears were not unfounded. The Queen of Castile, Isabel I, dies a cancer victim. The new situation forces the couple to return to Spain, although a new pregnancy delays the departure; at the end of the year 1505 Juana gives birth to Mary. Finally, in the spring of 1506, after a brief stay in England, Juana and Felipe arrive in La Coruña. The testament of the queen Isabel leaves like heiress of the Crown of Castile to his daughter Juana, but a clause indicates that, in case of mental imbalance, the regency would be entrusted to the father. D Fernando de Aragón. This provision, would be the seed of serious political confrontations, which, certainly, aggravated the state of Juana.

Juana's behavior after the death of her husband is the greatest source of inspiration for all kinds of legends. At the moment of receiving the unfortunate news he did not shed a single tear; but his face took forever a rictus of despair. His beloved Felipe was buried temporarily in Burgos, from where he was to be transferred to the Royal Chapel of Granada. But a sudden epidemic advised the queen to move to Burgos, where she carried the coffin. Juana went daily to the crypt, and after lunch in the monastery, she asked the monks to open the coffin to caress her husband. It terrified him to think that they could take Philip's body to Flanders, and he needed to see every day that the body was still there. On December 20, with the queen in an advanced state of gestation, the transfer of the corpse to the royal pantheon of Granada begins. The grim spectacle of the entourage, Juana's pale and terrified face, shocked people on the roads. The party, headed by the widow, always traveled at night and staying in places where the women could not have contact with the cortege, which increased the news of the madness of Dona Juana. To increase the morbid details, during the journey the Queen went into labor, stopping the entourage in Torquemada (Palencia). In January 1507 Catalina was born.

Great loves

After the funeral, Juana fell into a great depression, and her father, Don Fernando, already unrivaled, assumes the regency of Castile. For greater control of the situation decides to lock Juana in Tordesillas. In 1516 D. Fernando died, leaving the throne in the hands of his grandson, and son of Juana, Charles I of Spain (that child born in the lavatory of the palace of Ghent).

On April 12, 1555, Dona Juana died after 46 years of subdued bondage, her body covered with sores when she refused to be neat and changed.

Juana's jealousy might degenerate into a slight mental illness, but this one was aggravated by the disputes of power, first between its husband and father and soon its son. All his associates preferred the isolation of Tordesillas instead of trying the recovery that, in his case, could have been, at least, tried. Rest forever, next to your beloved Felipe, in the pantheon of the Cathedral of Granada.

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