empress isabella of portugal


History meme - Isabella of Portugal

Isabella was born the second of the children of Manuel I of Portugal and his second wife, Maria of Castile and Aragon. When her father died in 1521, her brother, John III of Portugal, negotiated a marriage with Catherine of Austria, sister of Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor. That marriage took place in 1525, by which time negotiations had arranged for Charles to marry Isabella. They were married in 1526.Isabella and Charles may have married for financial and dynastic reasons – she brought a large dowry to Spain – but letters of the time show that their relationship was more than just a marriage of convenience.During Charles’ absences from Spain in 1529-1532 and 1535-1539, Isabella served as his regent. They had six children, of whom the first, third and fifth survived to adulthood.Isabella died after giving birth to her sixth child, while Charles was away. Charles did not remarry, as was the usual custom for rulers. She was buried at Granada.Isabella’s and Charles’ son Philip II became ruler of Spain, and in 1580, also became the ruler of Portugal.

Subjective list of some beautiful ladies of the 14-16th century - from the eldest to the youngest

Blanche I of Navarre, Queen regnant of Navarre and consort of Aragon (1387-1441)

Juana Enríquez, Queen consort of Aragon (1425-1468)

Eleanor of Portugal, Holy Roman Empress (1434-1467)

Elizabeth Woodville, Queen consort of England (1437-1492)

Teresa Enríquez, niece to Juana Enríquez (1450-1529)

Isabella I of Castile, Queen regnant of Castile and consort of Aragon (1451-1504) 

Elizabeth of York, Queen consort of England (1466-1503)

Isabella of Aragon, duchess of Milan (1470-1524)

Joanna I of Castile, Queen of Spain (1479-1555)

Katherine of Aragon, Queen consort of England (1485-1536)

Isabella of Portugal, Holy Roman Empress and Queen consort of Spain (1503-1539)

Beatriz of Avís (1504-1538)

Mary Rose Tudor, Queen consort of France and Duchess of Suffolk (1496-1533)

Sybille of Cleves, consort of Saxony (1512-1554)

Anne of Cleves, Queen consort of England (1515-1557)

Maria of Portugal, Duchess of Viseu (1521-1577)

In collaboration with @ladyoflancaster - we know there were more beautiful women at the time, before and later however we picked only 16. 

CARLOS & ISABEL; an empire for two | A mix for Charles V and Isabella of Portugal [LISTEN HERE]

“The empress sleeps every night with her husband in her arms and they are very much in love and very happy”

01 Empire - Of Monsters and Men | 02 Til Kingdom Come - Coldplay | 03 Halo - Florence + the Machine (cover) | 04 King and Lionheart - Of Monsters and Men | 05 Angels - The Xx | 06 Christmas TV - Slow Club  | 07 Lifesize - A Fine Frenzy | 08 Nitesky - Robot Koch | 09 Conquer the World - Russian Red | 10 The Kingdom of Spain - The Decemberist


Philip II, King of Spain, was born at Valladolid on the 21st of May 1527. He was the son of the emperor Charles V and of his wife Isabella of Portugal. Philip received his education in Spain. His tutor, Juan Martinez Pedernales (Bishop of Cartagena), who latinized his name to Siliceo, and who was also his confessor, does not appear to have done his duty very thoroughly. The prince, though he had a good command of Latin, never equaled his father as a linguist. Don Juan de Zúñiga (grand-commander of Castile), who provided a more systematic education, imparting piety and seriousness to his pupil as well as an extensive knowledge of history and an appreciation of scholarship, the arts, and politics. From his earliest years Philip showed himself more addicted to the desk than the saddle and to the pen than to the sword. The emperor, who spent his life moving from one part of his wide dominions to another and in the camps of his armies, watched his heir’s education from afar. The trend of his letters was to impress on the boy a profound sense of the high destinies to which he was born, the necessity for keeping his nobles apart from all share in the conduct of the internal government of his kingdom, and the wisdom of distrusting counsellors, who would be sure to wish to influence him for their own ends. Philip grew up grave, self-possessed and distrustful and was rigidly abstemious in eating and drinking.


24 October 1503

The second child and eldest daughter of King Manuel I of Portugal and Maria of Aragon born in the Royal Palace of Lisbon. She was named after her maternal grandmother, Isabella I of Castile, and her aunt Isabella, Princess of Asturias, who had been her father’s first spouse. Her date of birth is usually given as 24 October so presumably she was born at midnight between the 24th and 25th. 

The Portuguese princess married her cousin Emperor Charles V and became Holy Roman Empress, Queen of Spain, Germany, Naples and Sicily and Duchess of Burgundy. Charles personally shaped her in all matters of state and Isabella proved to be a competent consort. She ruled the kingdoms of Spain during Charles’ absences, between 1529–1532 and 1535–1539. She was noted for her intelligence and beauty.

The charming, delicate and pious Empress Isabella had seven pregnancies, but only three children survived to adulthood: Philip II, King of Spain and Portugal; María, Holy Roman Empress and Joanna, Princess of Portugal and mother of King Sebastian of Portugal. Isabella died at the age of 35, a few hours after of a miscarriage. Her premature death affected deeply to the Emperor. He never remarried, and he dressed in black for the rest of his life.