De Rerum Magica
Kingdom of Castile
Current King: Henry I of the House of Burgundy (b. 1204). In the year 1214, while he was just 10 years old, Henry was crowned king of Castile because his 22 year old brother Ferdinand had died in 1211 from a seemingly innocent wound gained during a skirmish against the Moors. As the son of Alfonso VIII of Castile and Eleanor Plantagenet (daughter of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine), Henry’s lineage is impressive. But with only his elder sister, Berengaria, to act as regent, the throne Castile is anything but secure (poor Henry’s mother just couldn’t take the loss of her eldest son and died just 27 days after his brother Ferdinand). A faction of Castillian nobles, led by Count Álvaro Núñez de Lara argue that Berengaria is not fit to be regent and it seems that she may be forced to ceded the regency to the Count de Lara or risk civil war. What the coming year may hold is unclear, but what is certain is that the former queen of León and granddaughter of Eleanor of Aquitaine is unlikely to cede power gently.