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JUANA de CASTILLA - JOANNA of CASTILLE - "LA LOCA - THE MAD" - SHE WAS NOT!

"Juana (Joanne Joana) of Spain" (see related A | B | C), c. 1496 Juana de Flandes (1460-1500) Kunsthistorishes Museum, Vienna, Austria

The following is one of several comments: Juana was called "La Loca" or "Crazy", an obvious slur unfortunately perpetuated by historians and other sources. For example, nobody calls the Englinsh King that was at times completely demented, "crazy". If you like to know his name, you will have to research as to who was the English King at the time of the American Revolution. Is this contrast and example of nationalistic chauvinism? - yes it is!. The antipathy agains "all Spanish" has survided to this day. 

Regarding Juana de Castilla, she is rarely called, Reina or Queen which she was. When she returned from Spain to the Netherlands, she found Felipe (dubbed "el hermoso"or Phillip the Handsome), her spouse, to be cohabitating with a mistress - he confined Juana and declared her mentally ill. A more credible interpretation is that the Austrian court anticipated the death of Juana's mother, Isabel la Catolica. For Felipe to become the ruler of Spain, Juana had to be isolated. The story continues but not here. More comments are peppered in the gallery of other portraits listed here and also in a companion video focused on the question about who was the real father of Juana's son who became Charles V of Austria or Carlos I of Spain. More is illustrated in the companion video "A real game of thrones - "The Habsburg Jaw". 

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