Henry IV King Of Castile And LEON

Male 1425 - 1474  (49 years)


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  • Name Henry IV King Of Castile And LEON  [1
    Born 05 Jan 1425  Valladolid Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Fact Between 1454 and 1474  King of Castile and Leon Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Name Enrique IV King Of Castile And Leon  [1
    Name Henry IV Of Castile  [2
    Died 11 Dec 1474  Madrid, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Notes 
    • Enrique IV (5 January 1425 - 11 December 1474), King of Castile, nicknamed the Impotent (ruled 1454-1474), was the last of the weak late medieval kings of Castile. During Enrique's reign the nobles increased in power and the nation became less centralised. He was born in 1425 and was the son of John II of Castile and Maria of Aragon, daughter of King Ferdinand I of Aragon.

      At the age of fifteen he was married to Blanca of Navarre (1420-1464) . Blanca was considered to have remained a virgin, not only on her wedding night, but for the rest of her marriage. After thirteen years, Enrique sought a divorce. An official examination confirmed the virginity of Blanca, and a priest questioned the prostitutes of Segovia, who confirmed that Henry was sexually capable. A divorce was granted by the Pope on the grounds that some "witchcraft" had prevented Enrique from consummating the marriage. Blanca was sent home, where her family imprisoned her, and she was later killed by poison in 1464. It was widely believed at the time that the king was homosexual.

      In 1455, Enrique married Princess Juana, sister of Afonso V of Portugal. She, too, was said to have remained untouched on her wedding night, and soon took a lover, Beltran de la Cueva. In the course of the attempts to produce an heir, artificial insemination was attempted. After six years of marriage, in 1462, she gave birth to a daughter, Joanna, also Juana, nicknamed "La Beltraneja". Miller maintains that the question of her paternity cannot be answered. The doubt of her legitimacy as an heir, the weakness of the king, the adultery of the queen, and the unruliness of the nobilty all set the stage for a struggle for succession after Enrique's death. Enrique divorced his wife after her scandalous behavior with Bishop Fonseca's nephew. Juana was supported by Portugal, while the eventual winner, his half-sister Isabella of Castile had the support of Aragon via her husband Fernando and, later in the war, France. After a long period of conflict between the rival factions, Enrique finally agreed to name Isabella his successor, provided she allow him to arrange her strategic marriage. Isabella would go on to break this stipulation of the agreement anyway.

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      Enrique IV (5 January 1425 - 11 December 1474), King of Castile, nicknamed the Impotent (ruled 1454-1474), was the last of the weak late medieval kings of Castile. During Enrique's reign the nobles increased in power and the nation became less centralised. He was born in 1425 and was the son of John II of Castile and Maria of Aragon, daughter of King Ferdinand I of Aragon.

      At the age of fifteen he was married to Blanca of Navarre (1420-1464) . Blanca was considered to have remained a virgin, not only on her wedding night, but for the rest of her marriage. After thirteen years, Enrique sought a divorce. An official examination confirmed the virginity of Blanca, and a priest questioned the prostitutes of Segovia, who confirmed that Henry was sexually capable. A divorce was granted by the Pope on the grounds that some "witchcraft" had prevented Enrique from consummating the marriage. Blanca was sent home, where her family imprisoned her, and she was later killed by poison in 1464. It was widely believed at the time that the king was homosexual.

      In 1455, Enrique married Princess Juana, sister of Afonso V of Portugal. She, too, was said to have remained untouched on her wedding night, and soon took a lover, Beltran de la Cueva. In the course of the attempts to produce an heir, artificial insemination was attempted. After six years of marriage, in 1462, she gave birth to a daughter, Joanna, also Juana, nicknamed "La Beltraneja". Miller maintains that the question of her paternity cannot be answered. The doubt of her legitimacy as an heir, the weakness of the king, the adultery of the queen, and the unruliness of the nobilty all set the stage for a struggle for succession after Enrique's death. Enrique divorced his wife after her scandalous behavior with Bishop Fonseca's nephew. Juana was supported by Portugal, while the eventual winner, his half-sister Isabella of Castile had the support of Aragon via her husband Fernando and, later in the war, France. After a long period of conflict between the rival factions, Enrique finally agreed to name Isabella his successor, provided she allow him to arrange her strategic marriage. Isabella would go on to break this stipulation of the agreement anyway.
    Person ID I35728  Main Tree

    Father JuanIIJohn II King Of Castile And LEON,   b. 06 Mar 1405, Toro Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 1454, Valladolid Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Maria Of ARAGON,   b. 1396,   d. Feb 1445, Villacastin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Family ID F07054  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Joanna Of PORTUGAL,   b. Mar 1439,   d. Between 17 Jan and 13 Jun 1475, Madrid, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 21 May 1455  Cordoba Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Joan Of CASTILE,   b. 1462,   d. 1530  (Age 68 years)  [Natural]
    Family ID F07053  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Blanca Of ARAGON,   b. 1420,   d. 1464  (Age 44 years) 
    Married Abt 1440  [2
    Married 15 Sep 1440  [1
    Annulled 1453  [1
    Family ID F17421  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S01910] Blood Royal, Issue of the Kings and Queens of Medieval England 1066-1399 by. T. Anna Leese.

    2. [S03581] Wikipedia Encyclopedia.