When Isabella of Aragon died Manuel I became a widower. This wasn’t such a big problem in the beginning because the Portuguese king was still tied to the Spanish court by his son Miguel de Paz, who was the heir presumptive to the Spanish throne, but it became an immediate problem when Miguel de Paz died as well in 1500.
The Spanish were worried that Manuel I would marry a foreigner, maybe even an enemy of the Spanish and then Spain would be surrounded by hostile forces. They decided therefor to present Manuel I with the option to marry another Spanish princess: Maria of Aragon Isabella’s younger sister, whom they earlier hoped to marry off to a Scottish prince. This would have fit particular well because Catherine of Aragon was married to Artur, prince of Wales.
But Manuel I accepted this offer and they got married on 30 October 1500. Considering that the king was 13 years older and her dead sister’s widower the marriage was surprisingly successful. Manuel I and Maria of Aragon got 10 children together.
Manuel I looked quite pleased with his bride.
Boa noite meus amigos, Hilde