Charles V’s visit to Villalar

In this town in the province of Valladolid he spent the night from June 28th to 29th, 1534

Villalar (today, of the Comuneros) is linked to the figure of the Emperor Charles V. The uprising of the Communities of Castile took him in Germany, where he was running for the imperial crown. There, in Villalar, the battle took place in which the communal troops were defeated. And that was the place where, 13 years after that battle, the Emperor Carlos V spent the night on a visit to the lands of Castile.

Villalar is a town in the province of Valladolid lying at the foot of the Torozos mountains whose lands are watered by the Hornija river. A town linked to the history of Emperor Charles V. There, the battle between imperial troops and those of the Communities of Castile took place, the latter being led by Juan de Padilla, Juan Bravo and Francisco Maldonado. Nearly 1,000 villagers died in the battle and those three leaders were executed after a summary trial. In 1522, already of return to Spain after being proclaimed emperor in Germany, Charles V granted a general pardon.

The curious fact that we bring here is that 12 years after his return and 13 years after the battle, the Emperor Charles V spent the night in Villalar. Specifically, that of 28th and 29th June 1534, when he left for Valladolid, where he would remain for nearly a month. It was a journey through the lands of Castile, to meet up again with her and her people.

Now, what would you feel when you contemplated the scenario in which the famous battle took place? Manuel de Foronda y Aguilera only records in his work ‘Stays and journeys of Emperor Charles from the day of his birth to the day of his death’. It’s only recorded that, perhaps, the emperor would like to know the place where that battle took place. Something natural, on the other hand, but here we leave you with the curiosity.


And if you want to know in depth how the battle of Villalar was, we leave you this video (in Spanish), in which the professor of the University Europa Miguel de Cervantes of Valladolid and member of the Scientific Committee of our network of routes, Carlos Belloso, explains it to you so that you live it as if you were the protagonist of it:


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