April 10, 2021

Lobo: "Luther us the figure of Isabel of Austria against his brother Carlos V" – La Provincia

Lobo: "Luther us the figure of Isabel of Austria against his brother Carlos V" - La Provincia


Manuel Lobo states that "Luther used Queen Elizabeth of Austria against his brother Charles V." The professor of Modern History of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria just published a work on the figure of the former queen of Denmark with the title of Isabel of Austria, a queen without luck, published by Cátedra, in its Menor series, and presented on Monday, February 11, at the Casa de Colón.

Lobo points out that one of the most controversial decisions of this queen was "to convert to Protestantism", something that was a real scandal since it was the sister of the "king of Catholicism". The expert recalled that "very few studies have been done on his figure since he is a character more served by the novel" and that in Denmark, Sweden and Norway have always seen it as a rather romantic figure because it was the queen of these countries which were known as the Kalmar Union.

She was the younger sister of the emperor and the only one who did not know Spain, although she died very young at the age of 24. Lobo clarifies that the queen was always in the board of marriages achieved both by their parents, and by the Catholic Monarchs, who were their grandparents on the mother's side, as well as by the Emperor Maximilian. Thus, first try to marry the heir of Navarre before the annexation to Castile, then with the King of Poland and finally with Cristian II of Denmark for a more economic issue, "since the Netherlands, Belgium and Holland, they were under Spanish domination, "and an influence on the area by the king was necessary for trade with the Hansa, a commercial and defensive group formed by cities in central and northern Europe.

"The marriages involved an approach between territories, and she had been educated to be queen, she was a woman who loved music and art, she knew Latin, and she was so awake that when she arrives in Denmark, she learns Danish immediately. from then on, he loses connection with his family, "says the author.

But it happened that the king had a lover with what she was avoiding the situation but, in the end, that is poisoned and blame is placed on her family. "He's a romantic figure and that's why he's been used more for the novel," said Lobo, "in Spain there are some studies that are done in Scandinavian countries." "I found the character working on other things and I was attracted by the little that was known about her in our country, so I began to study it and I found amazing things like in El Escorial Library an epitaph on Cristian II that was unknown".

The professor, who already published in this same editorial the work Don Carlos, Prince of Spain with Fernando Bruquetas, remember that the family used his figure to pursue the matrimonial policy of both the Catholic Monarchs and the Austrian side. "All this has taken me a long time since I started in 2015, there were texts in other languages, and I had to find people to help me translate them because most of them were in old Dutch and Danish". When Isabel goes to exile the subjects ask her to stay and says that she is where the king wants her to go.

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