Joanna the Mad, Queen of Castille

Zuan Badoer, Venetian Ambassador in Spain, reports on the unhappy queen’s delusions.

The King’s daughter, Doña Juana, who was the true Queen of Castile, widow of King Philip, was in Spain. She is considered mad, and the King says so. She expects her husband to come to life again, and carries his body about with her in a coffin. She says that this resurrection will take place at the end often years, of which only three lack for its expiration. She never eats but when it suits her. She visits private houses (caxa di citadini), saying she chooses to remain there, and with difficulty is she taken back to her own dwelling. She resides in the town of Tordesillas.

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