Ana de Mendoza e de la Cerda


Ana de Mendoza e de la Cerda

Ana de Mendoza y de la Cerda, also known as Princess of Éboli, Countess of Mélito and Duchess of Pastrana. (29 June 1540 - 2 February 1592) was a Spanish aristocrat. [cite book|title=Who's Who in Europe 1450-1750 |author= Henry Arthur Francis Kamen|year=1999|publisher=Routledge (UK)|url=http://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN0415147271&id=elhPPB5LeeoC&pg=PA98&lpg=PA98&ots=Ub2X6-jwGV&dq=%22Ana+de+Mendoza%22&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html&sig=Ewx5kOSL12tMC53Rif_JTBxBocI|id=ISBN 0415147271]

Early years

Ana married Ruy Gómez de Silva when she was twelve years old(1552), by recommendation of Prince Philip. Her husband was prince of Éboli and minister to the King. She was considered one of the more talented women of her time, and although she lost an eye, was considered one of the most beautiful ladies in Spain.

Ana had ten children by this marriage:
*Diego (c.1558-1563)
*Ana de Silva and Mendoza (1560-1610)
*Rodrigo de Silva and Mendoza (1562-1596)
*Pedro de Silva and Mendoza (c. 1563).
*Diego de Silva and Mendoza (1564-1630)
*Ruy de Silva and Mendoza (1565-)
*Fernando de Silva and Mendoza, later Pedro González de Mendoza (1570-1639)
*Maria de Mendoza and Maria de Silva (c. 1570)
*Ana de Silva and Mendoza (1573-1614)

Later intrigue

After her husband's death in 1573, she spent three years in a convent, but returned to public life in 1576, forming an alliance at Court with the King's undersecretary of state, Antonio Pérez (1540-1615). [citebook|title=Imperial Spain, 1469-1716 |author= J. H. Elliott |year=2002|publisher=Penguin Books|id=ISBN 0141007036] They were accused of betraying state secrets and she was arrested in 1579 and died in prison 1592.

Appearances in fiction

There was a character called Princess Eboli based on Ana in Schiller's play "Don Carlos, Infant von Spanien", and Verdi's opera "Don Carlos". [citebook|title=Don Carlos and Mary Stuart |author= Friedrich Schiller|year=2000|publisher=Oxford University Press|id=ISBN 0192839853] She is also the subject of Kate O'Brien's novel "That Lady". [citebook|title=That Lady: A Romantic Drama |author= Kate O'Brien|year= 1949|publisher=Harper] "La Tuerta", a stage play charting the life of Ana de Mendoza will be performed at Bedlam Theatre as part of The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2008

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