As you could read in my last post, Philip was not in a hurry to meet his new bride: https://hemmahoshilde.wordpress.com/2015/10/11/joannas-love-boat/ but when he finally did he liked what he saw. They apparently were so attracted to each other in the beginning that they insisted that they would immediately get the blessing of a priest so that they could consume the marriage ASAP. They got it the same day and immediately took off to a bedroom together! All this despite the language barrier they had because they didn’t speak each others language.
They did have the real wedding the next day.
In the beginning Philip wanted to impress Joanna by showing off his athletic skills. He was also considered a pretty boy which earned him the nickname Philip the Handsome and a real prince charming. Joanna became madly in love with him.
She didn’t understand that her marriage was a political one and not necessarily love-based. Philip had a duty to get her pregnant so they would have a heir for the duchy, but it was completely acceptable for a husband like Philip to have other women around and be unfaithful. This made Joanna very jealous. The couple often fought over the many females that accompanied Philip. When Joanna became angry about it Philip confined her, sometimes with force, to her rooms. He punished her by not visiting her in the bedroom for days!
On top of this Joanna was very isolated at the court. The two people that were supposed to have her best interest at heart and keep her money safe were trying to keep her away from the Spaniards and they took her personal allowance even though they were on the payroll of Joanna’s parents. Joanna didn’t answer her mom’s letters either, because she believed her mom would not approve of the different attitude had towards religion in her new home country.
Joanna’s mom can’t have been happy with this, but the family was in a crisis. Joanna’s brother died in 1497 and his daughter Joanna’s niece was stillborn. Read here what happened: https://hemmahoshilde.wordpress.com/2015/09/11/margaret-of-austria-a-pregnant-widow/ This meant that they needed a new heir for the throne. This should of course be Isabella, the older sister, but Philip decided to try and claim the throne in Joanna’s name. This meant that everyone had to travel to Toledo in 1498 to settle the matter even though both Isabella and Joanna we’re pregnant. in Toledo it was decided that Isabella would be the new heir but she died soon after giving birth to a son. Her son Joanna’s nephew became the new heir instead. Read here the full story: https://hemmahoshilde.wordpress.com/2015/09/19/isabella-of-aragon-kissing-cousins/ This only shows how different Philip was from Joanna. He was very opportunistic when it came to politics while Joanna often seemed oblivious when it came to politics. Even her own mother called her weak-willed and weak-minded. Soon Joanna would give birth to her first child. Everyone was hoping for a boy. But was it?
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