The year 1500 was a most dramatic year for both the Habsburgers and the Trastamarans. It all started with John of Spain and the baby daughter he had with Margaret of Austria dying in 1497. Than his sister Isabella that would be next in line for the throne also died while she gave birth to her first child. The son she gave birth to was then the next in line for the throne but than he also died in 1500.
Since John of Spain and Isabella of Aragon and their offspring all died Joanna was all of a sudden the next in line for the thrones of her parents. This was quite an unexpected an undesirable situation because many people viewed the princess as unstable due to mental issues. She had given birth to her first daughter Eleanore of Austria in 1498. Now she was pregnant again and, because of the new developments it was even more important that it would be a son this time so that they would have a male heir. Philip and Joanne invited Philip’s sister Margaret of Austria to come over to Flanders to become the godmother of their next child. since Margaret of Austria had lost her husband and daughter there wasn’t really anything keeping her in Spain anymore so she did.
In February a son (!), Charles V, was born in Ghent.Everyone was delighted that it was a boy this time so they showered the boy and his parents with lavish gifts. The board of aldermen of Ghent gave him a silver ship of 25 kilo. grandpa Maximilian I of Austria made him duke of Luxembourg. Charles I de Croy, Prince of Chimay gave him a silver helmet. The city Bergen-op-Zoom gifts him a gilded sword. Margaret of Euvreux gives him a golden mug with precious stones. Aunt Margaret of Austria shows up with a golden bowl with pearls. The Flemish clergy gave him an exclusively custom-made gospel book. Three times gold and silver coins are thrown at the crowd that came to see the new prince. The first time by Philip the Handsome. The second time by the Council of Ghent and the third time by a rich textile baron who on top of that offered a golden cup of great value to the young prince. The birth is celebrated with lots of festivities as well.
But after the partying came business. Joanne and Philip were requested to come over to Spain to sort out the situation with the throne but since Charles V was just born they didn’t go immediately because traveling at that time took much longer and was much more difficult. They couldn’t travel with infant children and they wouldn’t leave them behind for months at such young age. The French king sends a diplomat to invite Philip and Joanna to visit the French court on their way to Spain. The king will be most delighted to have them as his personal guests. He does this no doubt because he realizes that Philip and Joanna all of a sudden became much more influential because of the recent family tragedies in Joanna’s family. This would have been an extra reason for the Spanish to try and urge Philip and Joanna to visit as soon as possible since they really didn’t trust the French king.
Joanna of Castile was a yummymummy btw. This is her the same year she gave birth to her second child and got pregnant again. This also meant they had to delay their trip to Spain even longer.
goedenavond vrienden, Hilde