Tuesday, October 6, 2015

This day in history: Elizabeth of France's death

I'm inaugurating a new section on the blog called "This day in history". It consists of explaining some historical events happened on a specific date in the past. You can contribute with your own events, but respecting some rules: the events you elect have to be related to what we' ve studied in class.

On the 6th October 1644 Elizabeth of France, Philip IV's first wife, died in Madrid at the age of 41. She was the daughter of Henry IV of France and Mary of Medicis. She gave birth to 8 children, but when she died only two survived: prince Balthasar Charles, dead two years later when he was 15, and infanta Maria Theresa of Austria, whose marriage with Louis XIV of France was arranged in the Peace of the Pyrenees. 

These are some portraits by Queen Elizabeth painted by Diego de Silva and Velázquez, Philip IV's court painter: 

Isabel de Borbón, by Diego Velázquez.jpg

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elisabeth_of_France_(1602%E2%80%931644)

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Retrato_ecuestre_de_Isabel_de_Borb%C3%B3n,_by_Diego_Vel%C3%A1zquez.jpg

File:Retrato de Isabel de Borbón, by studio of Diego Velázquez.jpg

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Retrato_de_Isabel_de_Borb%C3%B3n,_by_studio_of_Diego_Vel%C3%A1zquez.jpg

As prince Balthasar Charles died in 1646, Philip IV needed a new heir to the throne and in 1649 he married his niece Mariana of Austria. They had 5 children. Charles II was the youngest one and the only surviving boy. This was the reason why he became the king of the Hispanic Monarchy.

The French branch of Charles II's family played a significant role when the monarch died. Philip of Anjou, Louis XIV and Maria Theresa of Austria's grandson, was designated by Charles II as the heir to the throne in his last testament. He finally became the king of Spain, after the WAr of Spanish Succession.


Lorena Alberca García said...

This is a great idea. We're gonna look like Google (you all know that Google conmemorates an special event in the past when it changes the design of the website). I will look for information about the next occurrence that could be related with what we've studied in this unit.

María Muñoz said...

Thanks Paqui, I didn't know all this information and I think is a good idea to know more curious things about our history. I'll look more things for the next days.

Paqui Pérez Fons said...

Hello girls,

I'm very happy because you've liked the idea. I¡m going to include some links where you can find new events for further posts. This could be a voluntary work:




By the way, today is the anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto;)


Paqui Pérez Fons said...

If you check the source in Spanish you will find interesting events. Maybe one of you would like to write a short text about the ones related to what we´ve studied. I woould be very pleased if you do it.


Paqui Pérez Fons said...

Another source:


Lorena Alberca García said...

I'll check them as fast as I could :)