Thursday, October 8, 2015

Biogaphy - Doña Ana de Mendoza y de la Cerda 1540-1592 the princess, the ruff, & the eyepatch



Doña Ana de Mendoza y de la Cerda (1540-1592)

Ana de Mendoza y de la Cerda was an outrageously wealthy Spanish aristocrat, born on 29 June 1540. She was considered one of the greatest beauties of her day in Europe, even though she lost an eye in a sword fight with one of her father's young pages.


 Ana de Mendoza y de la Cerda as a young girl


Ana de Mendoza y de la Cerda as a young girl

Perhaps the eyepatch made her more intriguing. She married at the age of 12 to Ruy Gómez de Silva, Prince of Eboli. She was a favorite of King Philip II.


Doña Ana de Mendoza y de la Cerda (1540-1592)



Doña Ana de Mendoza y de la Cerda (1540-1592)


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