The pains of a broken heart: historical love story!

6 Nov

Juana at the coffin of her beloved Felipe el Guapo

Crazy in Love

In honor of the “forgotten Queen’s” birthday!

   Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. Jauna La Loca brought substance to this quote.

Juana La Loca was Queen of Castile. She also reigned over Toledo and Tordesillas before that. When she was sixteen years old, Juana married Felipe El Guapo. The marriage was arranged. The two families thought it would increase their territory and strengthen their monarchs. Although the marriage was set up for political advancements, it is rumored the two were passionate for one another.

After awhile, Juana’s life turned from carefree adolescence to the likes of a soap opera based in Hell. Juana’s mother died, her father went mad with power and the husband that Juana had felt so strongly for was sleeping with every woman in the general vicinity. With a life plagued with political and romantic insecurities, she also battled rumors of insanity, which would ultimately cause question of her stability to govern a country.

When Juana’s mother died, it was stated in her will that Juana would be the one to govern Castile, unless Juana was absent or unwilling to serve, in this case Ferdinand, Juana’s father would become king until Juana’s heir turned twenty. Ferdinand could not accept no longer being king, he had coins minted that read “Ferdinand and Juana, King and Queen of Castile.” As Juana’s problems got worse, so did her [rumored or not-so-rumored] depression and neuroticism. Ferdinand acted on the rumors, telling the courts that Juana was not able to govern because her insanity was so intense. The courts then appointed Ferdinand as guardian of Juana and primary governor of Castile. This intensely angered Felipe, and he also had coins minted that said “Felipe and Juana, King and queen of Castille.”

After Ferdinand’s remarriage, the popular support of Felipe and Juana increased. Ferdinand finally decided to hand over Castile to Felipe. Ferdinand left for Aragon, promising to come back if his daughter’s rights were infringed upon.

Soon after the courts pledged allegiance to Felipe and Juana as King and Queen of Castile, Felipe died of Typhoid Fever, although it was questioned if Ferdinand poisoned him.

Years after his father died, Charles, the son of Felipe and Juana would battle his mother for her kingdom.

(This is all debatable; no one knows for sure what happened.) After her husband had been buried about five weeks, Juana had his body dug up in case God had answered her prayers in reviving him. On October 30th (how fitting) she opened the coffin to discover a still deceased man. In December, Juana decided to take him to the Cathedral on Granada to be buried alongside her mother, Isabel. The funeral procession walked for two years to Granada. Juana would only walk at night because she believed an honest woman in morning would not walk in the light of day. Every so often Juana would open Felipe’s coffin to kiss him and to make sure he had not come back to life. Making the situation worse, a religious man had told her if she kissed him in the right spot, he would, in fact, come back to life. During the two years, Juana had various funeral services for Felipe. Once the procession stopped at a convent, and Juana went mad when she realized the nuns were laying eyes on her dead husband. The procession left immediately.

Finally, Juana was locked up in a convent because of her mental instability. She still screamed Felipe’s name. Juana was convinced the nuns were plotting to kill her, so she rarely slept. She died at the convent in isolation. Modern day experts say Juana probably suffered from inherited schizophrenia. Love hurts doesn’t it?

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