Juana I pp 155-179 | Cite as

The Personal Rule of Juana I (1506–1507)

  • Gillian B. Fleming
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In this chapter, I pursue arguments developed earlier, analysing Juana’s reasons for removing Philip’s body from the crypt at the charterhouse of Miraflores and departing from Burgos on the road to Granada. I examine a number of false conceptions that still surround the subject of the funeral cortege and Juana’s need to escape various possible attempts by different factions to seize possession of her person. I go on to show how, between December 1506 and August 1507, Juana not only reigned but governed; thus use of the term ‘Cisneros regency’ is misleading. The laws that Juana had drawn up at the end of December were put on ice pending Fernando’s return, but, had they been implemented immediately, might have put an end to some of the problems faced in the forthcoming months. Juana sought, nonetheless, to put an end to these problems, which included continuing Royal Council support for the corregidores appointed by Philip, by ordering the expulsion of his appointees to the Council and treasury departments and replacing them with others—orders thought to be of great importance in the resurgence of the fernandino ‘party.’ I show the recourse made by the re-constituted Council to the topos of vulnerable widowhood, although the extent to which Juana supported use of this theme remains unclear. It also examines the nature of the ‘triumvirate’ of advisers around the queen and their attitude to the activities of the Inquisition. I conclude that the period almost universally described as marking Juana’s collapse was actually the period in which she intervened in government as never before, but also that, in the event, her successes brought with them the seeds of her political destruction.


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