The seal and calyx of Maria de Luna, Queen consort of Aragon
Nos encontramos aquí reunidos, en presencia de Dios, para unir en sagrado matrimonio a doña Isabel, Princesa Heredera de Castilla y León, y a Don Fernando, Rey de Sicilia y Príncipe de Aragón.
Isabel and Fernando’s wedding.
October 19th, 1469.
Isabella and Ferdinand’s wedding as depicted in the first season of Isabel. The pair was married on October 19, 1469. It was the union of two formidable and ambitious personalities destined to take the Trastamara dynasty to its peak with the union of twe crowns of Castile and Aragon. Ironically the deaths in the family would lead also to the end of the Trastamara and the arrival of the Habsburgs.
“El cardenal será Mendoza. […] Me pregunto cómo se lo habrá tomado Carrillo.”
Para daughter-of-castile :)
Votive crown is a votive offering, very popular during the Early Middle Ages. Usually, the crown was suspended on chains to be visible at the altar, or later placed on the head of a statue. They were always filled with stones and often made out of gold.
image: (x) Visigothic votive crowns, Treasure of Guarrazar
Prestamos fe y prestamos la obediencia, reverencia y fidelidad, que por las leyes y fueros de este reino les son debidas, a su alteza Doña Isabel de Castilla y Aragón, como princesa heredera de Castilla, y a su esposo Don Manuel, rey de Portugal, como consorte.
Anthonis Mor, Portrait of Mary of Austria, wife of Maximilian II (detail)
The Tomb of Henry III of Castile
After his death, Henry’s body was taken to the city of Toledo, which he was interred in a tomb in the Chapel of the New Monarchs of the Cathedral of Toledo, and his remains are still there today. The tomb is located above the choir stalls on the Gospel side and is in the Plateresque style. The box part is decorated with the shields of Castile and León, and the lower interior has three panels decorated with trophies. Above the three panels two cherubs hold a plaque on which is engraved the Monarch’s epitaph:
“AQUI IACE EL MUI TEMIDO Y JUSTICIERO REI DON ENRIQUE DE DULCE MEMORIA QUE DIOS DE SANTO PARAISO HIJO DEL CATHOLICO REI DON JUAN NIETO DEL NOBLE CAVALLERO DON ENRIQUE EN 16 AÑOS QUE REINO FUE CASTILLA TEMIDA Y HONRRADA NACIO EN BURGOS DIA DE SAN FRANCISCO Y MURIO DIA DE NABIDAD EN TOLEDO IENDO A LA GUERRA DE LOS MOROS CON LOS NOBLES DEL REINO FINO AÑO DEL SEÑOR DE 1407.”
Which translates to:
Here lies the late feared and just king Henry, in the sweet memory of the Holy God of Paradise, son of the Catholic King John I and grandson of Henry. The noble 16 year old knight, who ruled over Castile justly and honourably, was born on the day of St Francis and died on Christmas Day in Toledo, during the war between the Moors and the kingdom’s nobles, which finished in 1407.
There is a recumbent statue of Henry III over the tomb, made in polychrome alabaster. Henry appears clothed in a Franciscan habit, although his hands are holding his sword in his girdle, which runs parallel to the Cordón de San Francisco. The king’s head in his crown rests on three rich cushions, and his feet are bare. Four kneeling angels are at the corners of the statue. [x]