“God, who has always given me so many kingdoms, has denied me a son capable of ruling them,” said Philip II once, aware that his last son, ultimately his heir, was unlikely to reach adulthood. . Of course, the King was referring only to the men of his lineage and not to the women, among whom was a daughter with exceptional qualities who managed to sneak into a place as reserved as her father’s offices.
The education of the future Felipe III was neglected and his childhood was lost in the abundant offspring that, sickly and inbred, did not reach adulthood. The Prudent King paid much more attention in those years … See More.