Hi, everyone and welcome to the weekend. Sammi’s challenge this week (see link below), is to write a poem or a piece of prose in exactly 76 words using the word “Alcázar”, this inspired me to write something about the ‘Reales Alcázares de Sevilla‘ a place centuries old, I have put a little bit of its history below, but my poem concentrates on just one tiny element a relationship seen through my eyes, it’s entitled ‘ The Baths of Lady Maria de Padilla in Alcázar’, you can read about her and the king below, thanks for looking.
Located in the southern Spanish town of Seville, the Alcázar or ‘Reales Alcázares de Sevilla‘ as it is known is Spanish is a royal palace which was built by the Moorish rulers who occupied the peninsula from the 8th century onwards. It is by and large considered to be one of the most outstanding examples of mudéjar art to exist today.
It is a centuries-old complex of beautiful buildings, magical courtyards and colourful gardens. Still used as the Seville residence for the Spanish royal family, it is the oldest continually-inhabited royal palace in Europe. and since 1987 it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.
One king, called Peter the Cruel, King of Castille and Leon from 1350 to 1369. became king at the young age of 15 years, he was advised by a notoriously evil minister and soon adhered to the medieval rights of monarchy, he died by his brother’s hand, a stone statue was erected to him in Madrid, a memorial to an infamous career.
It is said when he was 18years old, he fell in love with Lady Maria de Padilla, pretty, full of grace and admired for her wit. She knew well the politics of the court and was older than the king, she was with him on and off for the rest of his life.
The Baths of Lady Maria de Padilla are a beautiful feature within the palace, consisting of cavernous rainwater tanks which are named after his mistress.