Philip the Handsome wanted to leave Spain ever since the death of van Buijsleden, his advisor, 23rd of August 1502. But his in-laws wanted to keep him and Joanna in Spain. They keep Joanna in Spain with the excuse that she is pregnant and therefor shouldn’t travel, but they probably hope that the child will stay in Spain afterwards. They can’t hinder Philip from going back to Flanders, but they could certainly delay it and that’s exactly what they did. First Ferdinand summoned him to come to Madrid. Father-in-law Ferdinand tries to argue that Philip should stay in Spain for his wife and for safety reasons. Spain and Italy are fighting each other and Ferdinand doesn’t want Philip to travel in France during these circumstances unless King Louis XII would send enough soldiers to guarantee the safety of Philip and his entourage. Louis XII sent immediately three princes to Valencia but it was apparently still a lot of negotiations about the safety details because it takes untill the 10th of March 1503, before Philip finally sets foot in France. 7 months of preparations for the trip. The 10th of March Philip arrives in Avignon and the 14th of March he is spotted in Orange. They travel about 10 km a day. In Pont-Saint-Esprit Philip gets word that Joanna gave birth to their son on 10th of March. He traveled to Valencia, but there was an epidemic so they moved on to Lyon to visit King Louis XII and Queen Anne of Brittany, the parents of his first-born son’s fiancee.
Bonsoir, mes amis! Hilde