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Constanza Manuel of Villena's Throne
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Origin

Constanza Manuel

Type

Throne

Effects

Instilled misery

Downsides

Effect(s)

Activation

Sitting

Collected by

Warehouse 9

Section

Grimm-764J

Aisle

603412-9841

Shelf

771504-3812-65

Date of Collection

1556

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OriginEdit

Constanza Manuel of Villena (1316-1345) was the daughter of Juan Manuel, Prince of Villena and Duke of Peñafiel and Constance of Aragon.

As the daughter of a nobleman, Constanza was betrothed to Alfonso XI of Castile in 1325, and was queen thereof for two years until Alfonso annuled the marriage and married his cousin, Maria of Portugal. The reason for this annulment is unclear, though Constanza's young age may have had something to do with it.

Whatever the reason, Alfonso both divorced and imprisoned Constanza, refusing her father's requests to return her to Villena. Alfonso's mistreatment of Maria prompted Juan Manuel to join forces with Maria's father Alfonso IV of Portugal and take both daughters back by force. The campaign was effective, and Alfonso IV arranged to have Constanza married to his son, Pedro, in 1340.

Unfortunately, her second marriage was no less of an insult - Pedro became infatuated with one of Constanza's ladies-in-waiting, Inês de Castro, and began favoring the latter's family in court affairs. The two had an affair that lasted even after Constanza's death in 1345, after the birth of her third child.

EffectsEdit

Imbued with Constanza's lifelong experience with being trapped in loveless marriages, her throne now emits strong feelings of hopelessness that can paralyze anyone who sits in it.

The throne's effects seem to be stronger when the Crowns of Ines and Pedro are together, perhaps suggesting a low-level bifurcation.

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