Joanna gave birth to her fifth child, Mary of Austria on between ten and eleven in the morning on 15 September 1505 in Brussels. Joanna wasn’t treated so well during her pregnancy, but she had furiously fought to get better treatment. She had to take on Philip and the head of the court, Charles of Croy. A witness described her fighting with Charles of Croy : “She was furious, she shouted complaints, curses and threats at him and even attacked him physically”.
Joanna had a rough time giving birth this time; her life was in danger and it took her a month to recover. On 20 September 1505 her daughter was baptized Mary of Austria after her maternal grandmother Mary of Burgundy. Emperor Maximilian was present at his grand-daughter’s christening.
Joanna worked hard to regain her reputation and in Spain they started to doubt Philip’s stories about Joanna’s supposed insanity. The pope decided to interfere and accused Ferdinand of unlawfully working against the legitimate heirs to throne of Spain. The French king and the Castilian nobility agreed and tensions rose high in Castile. Ferdinand needed a new plan to seize the power. What he needs is a male heir. Joanna would not be the next queen in line if she would get a half-brother.
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