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SPRING IN SPAIN

Los Reales Alcázares, Seville

 

TILES IN LOS REALES ALCÁZARES, SEVILLE          SEVILLE CATHEDRAL

 

 

Pedro I (el Cruel but also el Justiciero) chose Seville as his capital and here is his palace, hidden away in the middle of Los Reales Alcázares in Seville, and just as gob-smacking as the Nazrid palaces in the Alhambra. 

 

Seville had monopoly rights on the fabulous wealth gushing from Central America, and the Royal Palaces and their gardens reflect this and also the beautiful courtyard / water based layout of classic Islamic palaces.

 

Tip .... there were two King Pedro Is who lived at the same time .... King Pedro I of Castile (1334 -  1350 - 1369 (35)) aka Pedro the Cruel and Pedro the Lawful (featured on this page), and King Pedro I of Portugal (1329 - 1357 - 1367 (38)) aka Pedro the Just - all very confusing.  The Portuguese Pedro I left the world the legend of his love affair with Inès de Castro, and their tombs facing each other across the transept of the Cistercian Monastery of Alcobaça north of Lisbon. 

 

On the right, Castilian Pedro I in the Archaeological Museum in Madrid.  Pedro's last performance, in a reign which had a lot of special moments, was to team up with Edward of Woodstock, the Euro-Champion pillager and burner, aka  the Black Prince, eldest son of King Edward III of England, who restored him to the Castilian throne after he had fallen out with a powerful slab of his aristocracy. 

 

Pedro himself had been engaged to one of the Black Prince's sisters, but she died as a result of mistakenly assuming that her Royal Lancastrian physiology would render her immune from the plague if she journeyed to Spain through plague ridden towns.  Something English was meant to happen, because eventually Pedro's daughter Isabella married Edmund - the 5th and youngest son of Edward III - a union which gave rise to 4 English Kings further down the generational tracks.

 

 

 

Depressingly predictably Pedro and the Black Prince fell out big time, and the latter went home.  Following this, Pedro lost the battle of Montiel in March 1369 and ended up being knifed by his own brother Henry (who thus became Henry II for the next 10 years) in a conveniently placed military officer's tent.

 

 

A small corner of the huge gardens of Los Reales Alcázares

 

TILES IN LOS REALES ALCÁZARES, SEVILLE          SEVILLE CATHEDRAL

 

 

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