The legend of ‘Los perdonaos’ by Cuacos de Yuste

It’s an oral tradition that speaks of the nickname with which those born in Cuacos de Yuste are known

A tradition that dates back to the 16th century and has been passed on from one generation to the next by word of mouth. The protagonist of the legend is Jeromín, who in time would become Don Juan of Austria.

It is known that the Emperor Charles V ordered his butler in Yuste, Luis Méndez de Quijada, to bring the child he was guarding with his wife, Magdalena de Ulloa, to Yuste. Therefore, his wife and the child were moved to Yuste to fulfill the emperor’s wish.

A boy, who was called Jeromín, who was about 11 years old at the time. That is, at the age to do all kinds of mischief and participate in as many others. In one of them he was stoned during a childish fight with other children in the village.

In any case, the fact reached the ears of his father, Emperor Charles V, who called the children involved in the fight and their parents to the monastery to find out how the events had taken place. When he realized that it had all been an incident between children as a result of a mischief, he forgave them. And that’s why the inhabitants of Cuacos are known by the nickname ‘Los perdonaos’.

If you visit Cuacos de Yuste, you will find a poster at the entrance of the Jeromín Public School; and, likewise, the Women’s Cultural Association of Yuste Theatre Group usually performs the episode. A performance that usually coincides with the anniversary of the transfer of the Emperor Carlos V from the Castle of the Counts of Oropesa, in Jarandilla de la Vera, to the Monastery of Yuste.


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