QUEEN ISABELLA (PORTUGAL) - DOCUMENT SIGNED 10/8/1536 - HFSID 285907
Sale Price $2,762.50
ISABELLA OF PORTUGAL
The Holy Roman Empress who married her cousin Charles V signed this document in 1536
Document Signed: "Yo la Reyna" ("I the Queen"), 1p, 11¾x16½. No place. Date:October 8, 1536. In Spanish, not translated. Queen Isabella of Portugal (1503-1539) was an infant of Portugal by birth. She travelled to Seville to marry her first cousin Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor. He ruled much of Europe at the time. The wedding was celebrated on March 10, 1526 in the palace of Alcazar of Seville, and even though it was a political union, the marriage proved to be a true love story. When her husband was away throughout the 1530s, Isabella served as the Regent of Spain. Isabella died in May 1539, when her sixth pregnancy ended in a stillbirth. Her husband was away at the time and her premature death affected him deeply; he never remarried and dressed in black for the rest of his life.Her son Philip succeeded the Portuguese throne, claiming his mother's rights temporarily uniting the Iberian Peninsula under one crown in what would later be called the Iberian Union. Fragile. Folds, 1 touches 1 letter of signature. Partial separation of folds affects some text. Stained, some stains touch text. Nicked, torn edges with 2¼x1½-inch paper and text loss at upper right. 4x½-inch mounting remnant on verso (no show through). Contemporary note (unknown hand) on blank area of verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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