Mojados Carolus V emperor

Two women from Mojados in the life of Emperor Charles V

Their names: Quirce and María Sarmiento, and they played a fundamental role in one of the great moments of the emperor’s life

Mojados is intimately linked to the life of Emperor Charles V. It was there that he met his brother Ferdinand. But two women were also from that village who were of capital importance in one of the great moments of his life.

The town of Mojados, in the province of Valladolid, being small —just over 3,000 inhabitants— is important in the life of Emperor Charles V. It was there that he met his brother Fernando in November 1517, the first time he had ever seen him.

Mojados Carolus V emperor

But Quirce and María Sarmiento were also neighbours of Mojados. The former is the midwife who attended the Empress Elizabeth in the birth of her son Philip in Valladolid, in the Palace of Pimentel in 1527. Meanwhile, María Sarmiento was the mistress of Prince Felipe. Although Cantabrian by birth — specifically, originally from the Pas Valley— she resided in Mojados when her services were required.

By the way, the relationship of Emperor Charles V with Mojados doesn’t end there, as he would return there at the end of June 1534 to meet with his mother, Juana, who had come out of her confinement in Tordesillas in an exceptional —and very discreet— manner, so as not to raise misgivings or open the cause of its legitimacy to the crown— because of a plague epidemic that spread through the city, and where it remained temporarily to return to Tordesillas via Valdestillas —another of the towns in our network ot routes— once the epidemic was over.

Consequently, the relationship between Emperor Charles V and the village of Mojados is more than curious. Two women, a man, a visit and a new meeting with his mother. Which is no small thing.

 

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