Henry IV of Castile

Henry IV of Castile

King of Castile
Born Jan 5, 1425

Henry IV, King of the Crown of Castile, nicknamed the Impotent (ruled 1454–1474), was the last of the weak late medieval kings of Castile. During Henry's reign the nobles increased in power and the nation became less centralised.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Henry IV of Castile.


1425 Birth He was born in 1425 in the Casa de las Aldabas (since destroyed) in Teresa Gil street of Valladolid. … Read More


1440 15 Years Old 1 More Event
Prince Henry celebrated his marriage to the infanta Blanche (who later became queen Blanche II of Navarre) in 1440, when he was 15 years old. The cardinal Juan de Cervantes presided over the official ceremony. Her parents were Blanche I of Navarre and John II of Navarre. The marriage had been agreed in 1436 as part of the peace negotiations between Castille and Navarre. … Read More
1444 19 Years Old On 10 October 1444, he became the first and only prince of Jaén.


1445 20 Years Old In 1445 he won the First Battle of Olmedo, defeating the Infantes of Aragon. … Read More
1447 22 Years Old Henry IV was twenty-six years old when his half-sister Isabella was born. She was the daughter of his father's second marriage in 1447, to Isabella of Portugal. … Read More
The remoteness of Aragon led to an approach to Portugal. In March 1453, before his divorce from Blanche was finalised, there was no record of negotiations for the new marriage between Henry and Joan of Portugal, sister of the king Alfonso V of Portugal. … Read More


One of his first priorities was the alliance with Portugal. He achieved this by marrying a second time, to Joan of Portugal in 1455, and by meeting Afonso V of Portugal in Elvas in 1456. … Read More
1462 37 Years Old 1 More Event
John II of Aragon was in conflict with the Principality of Catalonia, and on the death of John's son, Charles of Viana, the principality elected Henry to be count of Barcelona on 11 August 1462. … Read More
1464 39 Years Old The league of nobles, controlling the king's siblings Alfonso and Isabella, forced Henry at the 1464 Representation of Burgos to repudiate Joanna and recognize Alfonso as his official heir. … Read More


1474 49 Years Old Henry died in 1474 and was buried at Santa María de Guadalupe, next to his mother. … Read More


1474 50 Years Old Isabella became Castile's next monarch when he died in 1474. … Read More
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