Bourbon Spanish queen Isabella II succeeded to the throne after her father died on September 29, 1833 because his wife demanded it. In his will, the King listened and rescinded Salic Law or the tradition in most royalty of Europe prohibiting females and any descendants in the female line from inheriting land, titles, and offices. Isabella the eldest of his two surviving daughters from his fourth wife, Maria of the Two Sicilies, did, and it bypassed the King‘s brother for succession. This led to the First Carlist War of 1833-1839, and was followed by a military dictatorship.
Ferdinand VII of Spain
Queen Maria Christina
Diplomats arranged that Isabella would marry a cousin of Prince Albert of England; she refused. Instead, she wanted a cousin of Louis-Phillippe of France, because the rumour was he was not interested in girls and impotent, but that did not fly and instead she got his brother, Francisco of Asisi.
Women’s Rights and the War of Spanish Marriage
This was a bold stand by the twelve-year-old, obviously much like her Sicilian mother, and the worldwide news went wild. Instead of War, this was dubbed the Affair of the Spanish Marriages and everyone waited to see who this little queen of Spain would chose. In America, the First Woman’s Rights Convention convened hailing her as their spiritual leader, arguing that with Isabella getting rid of Salic Law, the first true Queen in the known world to do so (Victoria did not count as she was not the titular head of the family but her German uncle was still and if she had had a daughter first, and a son whenever, those girls would have been ignored for him; so technically Salic Law remained intact until the British Parliament rescinded it in 2013 shortly before Prince George was born) they were empowered to rise up and do the same.
Infanta Luisa Fernanda
The world afire with these events and revolutions across Europe sprung up with the great “February Revolution” for self-rule setting the pace & our Polish Poet Juliusz
Slowacki returning home to fight. Where ever one looked, in Europe, and the Americas everyone felt Isabella’s defiance as the great upheaval of the world: Millennialists said it was the end of the world. Of course a lot of this ferment, like the Queen’s demand to overthrow the law in favour of her daughters, had been brewing for a while, but this all happened in tandem with planet Neptune’s discovery on September 23, 1846 — making everyone’s long held fantasy about to become real.
Finally, the Moderado party or the Castilian Conservatives, made Isabella marry, at sixteen, her 28-year-old cousin, Prince Francisco on her sweet sixteenth birthday. Simultaneously, kiling two birds with one stone, her younger fourteen-year-old sister Luisa married 23-year-old Antoine Phillippe, the Duke of Montpensier, the younger brother of the French King. Both marriages were unhappy though Luisa provided Antoine with ten children and Isabella a dozen.
Queen Isabella and her daughter Pilar, Paz, and Eulalia
the Young Queen
Francisco of Asisi, Queen’s consort
Behold the Queen!
Queen Isabella reigned from 1843 to 1868, starting one long succession of palace intrigues, back-stairs and antechamber influences, barrack conspiracies, military pronunciamentos that led to the next Carlist War. She remained forever independent, continually interfering with politics until forced into exile she finally abdicated in Paris on 25th June 1870 in favour of her son, Alphonso XII.
Considering she was a religious woman she was now living separately from her husband and never lived with him again. She died on the 10th of April 1904, six months before her 82nd birthday; her husband had died two years earlier.
We believe that the 2PM time that Marc Jones recorded is incorrect and should be 2AM. This gives the Queen a 27 Leo Ascendant that is conjunct the Fixed Star Regulus but it also puts her Neptune on the sixth house cusp, suggesting an upheaval in her work envirionment (or for her a monarch her palace and hence her country). It also puts both lords of Scorpio — Pluto and Mars in the eighth house though one in Pisces and the other in Aries — as she brings havoc to the old regime and transforms it into a new.