Castile and Aragon versus the world.
Isabella and Ferdinand’s daughters were among the many people trying to reconcile what their mother had done with what she had previously promised before Granada was taken.
Juana, as usual, was the one who began, saying casually, “Mother says she is doing it because of a higher calling. What do you suppose that means?”
“You just answered your own question.” Catalina pointed out.
Before Juana offered a rebuttal, Isabel, ever the peacemaker, said, “Could be worse sister. She could be bringing a horde of heretics. Our mother isn’t perfect but she always does what is right. And our father supports her.”
“So? Our father is Consort of Aragon. He has to stand by what she says because he has no power in Castile.” Juana told her older sister. “Just imagine, what people are saying in the local markets. ‘The Queen has gone mad and her husband does whatever she likes.’”
The sisters didn’t play into her game, although Catalina was very close to. She was stopped by Isabel who gave her a warning glance that also told her their sister wasn’t worth it.
Their parents hardly intervened when they witnessed these discussions. They were used to Juana’s outbursts. Juana wasn’t as bold with her parents as she was with her siblings.
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