HRH Infante Don Carlos, Prince of Asturias

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Carlos von Habsburg

Birthplace: Yuste, Spain
Death: July 24, 1568 (23)
Yuste, Spain
Immediate Family:

Son of Philip II of Spain and Maria Manuela de Avis, Princesa de Astúrias
Half brother of Pedro de Osorio; Bernardino de Osorio; Stillborn Twin Daughters Habsburg; Isabel de Austria; Catherine Michelle of Savoy, princess of Spain and 5 others

Occupation: Pr of the Asturias, Gerona & Viana
Managed by: Shirley Marie Caulk
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About HRH Infante Don Carlos, Prince of Asturias

When 16-year-old Philip II of Spain (1527-1598) married Maria Manuela of Portugal (1527-1545) his father, the Emperor Charles V, told him not to overstrain himself: he was not marrying to enjoy sex, but to produce heirs. The warning seems to have been unnecessary, because Philip II had always had a cold reserve and a gravity of manner. Within a few months he was reproached by both his father and his parents-in-law for treating his young wife coldly. Less than 2 years after the marriage, Maria Manuela went into labour, but no experienced midwife could be found. The delivery was very difficult and Maria Manuela survived the birth of Don Carlos for only 4 days.

Don Carlos of Spain (1545-1568) was deformed from birth; hunchbacked and pigeon-breasted with shoulders of uneven height and his right leg considerably shorter than the left. The crippled child was also retarded and slow in both his physical and mental development. He was sickly and often had fevers. He spoke in a high-pitched, girlish voice, and stuttered badly. Don Carlos may have suffered a brain dysfunction at birth, which can cause indiscriminately aggressive and impulsively violent behaviour. There also seems to have been a recurring streak of madness in the Portuguese Royal Family. Both Don Carlos' mother and grandmother were Portuguese Princesses. In addition, Don Carlos' parents were double first cousins. Due to the incestuous marriages of his immediate ancestors, Don Carlos had only 4 great-grandparents, instead of the usual 8, and two of them were sisters1: Juana "the Mad" and Maria of Castile. At that time Juana the Mad (1479-1555) was still alive, shut away in the castle of Tordesillas.

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