Beatriz’ broken waters means the baby is nigh. I imagine most women experience a mix of relief and trepidation at this event, but for the Queen, perhaps, exhaustion rules the day. She has already had many many children although she is only in her early thirties.
Even if Beatriz had access to the contraceptives of the day – for example honey and rock salt – Ferdinand’s desire to ensure his lineage would have limited her ability to use them.
Indeed, Ferdinand was highly successful in maintaining his lineage through history. Through his daughter Eleanor of Castille who married Edward 1 of England, every English monarch since Edward I is a descendant of Ferdinand III.
These images are the first draft of the upcoming release of Mayor: the case of the theftless thief, series 1 of the Mayor series. Check out the Mayor playlist on Spotify.
graphica – fantastica – medieval