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Esteban de la Cerda

Full Name: Esteban de la Cerda

Nationality: Spanish

Title: Barón de Toledo

Age: 26 (b. 1651)

Gender: Male

Height: 5'5''

Eye Color: Dark Brown

Hair Color: Black

Marital Status: Married

 

Physical Attributes

With a softly rounded face, Esteban appears both friendly and open without bearing any of the traits that speak of over indulgence. Late in the day there is often the a slight shadow of stubble on his chin. Soft ebony curls fall just short of his shoulders. His eyes are wide and expressive, giving the vague impression of a boys face in a man's body. A small scar mars the skin above his right eye, cutting slightly into the eyebrow. Being Spanish it follows that he has olive skin.

 

Personality

Open and friendly, Esteban seems to make friends easily enough and is well liked amongst his friends. Esteban speaks with a thick Spanish accent, and the very slightest hint of a lisp.

 

Background

Esteban belongs to the Grandee families of Spain, and is son of Tomás de la Cerda, 3rd Marqués de la Laguna. He is currently visiting England as part of a tour of Europe.

 

Married Lady Sophia Albrecht in 1677.

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*** This thread is for Spanish PCs/NPCs who do not fall into any other categories (such a related to a family)

 

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Don Juan Jose de Austria

Full Name: Don Juan Jose de Austria

Age: 48 (b 1629)

Eye Color: Dark

Hair Color: Dark

 

Background

''Don Juan José de Austria'', born 7 April 1629 was a Spanish general and political figure. He was the only natural son of Philip IV of Spain to be acknowledged by the King and trained for military command and political administration. Don Juan José advanced the causes of the Spanish Crown militarily and diplomatically at Naples, Sicily, Catalonia, the Netherlands, Portugal, Dunkirk and other fronts, and remained a popular hero even as the fortunes of Imperial Spain began to decline.

 

His mother was María Calderón (''La Calderona''), a popular actress, who retreated to a convent after his birth. He was raised in León by a woman of modest circumstances who likely did not know his parentage, though he received "a careful education" at Ocaña (Toledo). In 1642, the King recognized him officially as his son, and Don Juan José began his life's career as a military representative of his father's interests.

 

Don Juan José was sent in 1647 to Naples, then in the throes of the popular rising first led by Masaniello, with a naval squadron and a military force, to support the viceroy. He was next sent as viceroy to Sicily, whence he was recalled in 1651 to complete the pacification of Catalonia, which had been in revolt since 1640. By the time Don Juan José assumed command, most of Catalonia had been recovered and he had not much more to do than to preside over the final siege of Barcelona and the convention which terminated the revolt in October 1652.

 

On both occasions, he played the peacemaker, and this sympathetic part, combined with his own pleasant manners, an engaging personality, a handsome person with bright eyes and abundant raven-black hair - a complete contrast to his Habsburg relatives in court - made him a popular royal favorite. In 1656, he was sent to command in Flanders. At the storming of the French camp at Valenciennes in 1656, Don Juan José displayed great personal courage at the head of a brilliantly executed cavalry charge that caught the French totally by surprise. When, however, he took part at the battle of the Dunes, he was decisively defeated and failed to raise the siege of Dunkirk.

 

During 1661 and 1662, he fought against the Portuguese in Extremadura. The Spanish troops were ill-supplied and irregularly paid and in a rugged, hostile country. Morale was poor and they were untrustworthy but they were superior in numbers and some successes were gained. In 1663, though, with the Portuguese forces reinforced by a body of English troops, and put under the command of the Huguenot Schomberg, Don Juan José was completely beaten at Estremoz.

 

He might not have lost the confidence of his father, if Queen Mariana, mother of the sickly Infante Charles, the only surviving legitimate son of the king, had not regarded the bastard with distrust and dislike. Don Juan José was removed from command and sent to his commandery at Consuegra. After the death of Philip IV in 1665 Don Juan José became the recognized leader of the opposition to the government of Philip's widow, the regent. She and her favorite, the German Jesuit Juan Everardo Nithard, seized and put to death one of his most trusted servants, Don Jose Malladas.

 

Don Juan José, in return, put himself at the head of a rising of Aragon and Catalonia, which led to the expulsion of Nithard on 25 February 1669. He was, however, forced to content himself with the viceroyalty of Aragon. In early 1677, the queen mother aroused universal opposition by her shameless favor for Fernando de Valenzuela, and Don Juan José began plotting against her once more.

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Diego Estrada

Full Name: Diego Estrada

Nationality: Spanish

Age: 27 (b. 1650)

Gender: Male

Eye Color: Brown

Hair Color: Brown

Marital Status: Single

 

Physical Attributes

Handsome young man who walks with a swagger and a knowng smile. Always has a sword at his hip.

 

Personality

A handsome young man with an air of arrogance.

 

Background

Estrada is in England to promote Catholic and Spanish interests, for which he makes no apologies.He hales from Asturias, Spain. He is said to be Ronquillo's spymaster.

 

Children:

None

 

Residence

When in London, he resides in the Spanish Embassy.

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Pedro Ronquillo

Full Name: Pedro Ronquillo

Nationality: Spanish

Title: Don Pedro Ronquillo, Ambassador

Age: 47 (b. 1630)

Gender: Male

Eye Color: Dark Brown

Hair Color: Black, greying at temples

Marital Status: Married

 

Physical Attributes

A middle aged man, who once upon a time might have been thought of as handsome. His waist is expanding somewhat. He sometimes has gout and suffers back pains.

 

Personality

A conservative Catholic, he takes a markedly stern view of the libertine behavior of the English Court, giving him an air of arrogance.

 

Background

Don Pedro Ronquillo Briceño, 5th Count of Ronquillo, was born on 1 February 1630 in Madrid, and since 1674 has been the ambassador of Charles II, King of Spain, to the court of Charles II, King of England, Scotland and Ireland.

 

Don Pedro and his sister Maura were born in Madrid, while his younger siblings were born in Italy. He learned Catalan, German, French and lived in Milan, Genoa and Rome. His father, Manuel Ronquillo Briceño, 4th Count of Ronquillo, a condottiere, died in 1635 at Milan, in a confrontation with troops in the service of France, while commanding a company of heavy cavalry.

 

In 1635 he was made Caballero de Alcántara (Knight of Alcantara), and later became a Colegial de Oviedo (student from Oviedo) at Salamanca. His posts in the civil service included Oidor of the Cancillería Real de Granada (Member Judge of the the Royal Chancery of Granada), Superintendent of military justice in Flanders, royal envoy to the Real y Supremo Concejo de Indias (Royal and Supreme Council of the Indies - the most important administrative organ of the Spanish Empire for the Americas and Asia), ambassador of His Majesty the Emperor Leopold I (HRR) at the court of Charles X. Gustav, King of Sweden, and ambassador of His Catholic Majesty King Charles II of Spain in the court of John II Casimir, King of Poland.

 

After the acting Viceroy of Sicilia, Don Juan José de Austria, was excluded from the regency in 1651, Pedro Ronquillo Briceño returned with his family to the Spanish court. In 1658 his wife, Ana Lopez de Mendoza, bore him a son in Madrid, Pedro Francisco Ronquillo Briceño y López de Mendoza.

 

Ronquillo is in England to promote Catholic and Spanish interests, for which he makes no apologies.

 

Children:

  • Inez Ronquillo

 

Residence

When in London, he resides in the Spanish Embassy on Embassy Row and his Pall Mall townhouse where he keeps his daughter (and previously his mistress).

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Character Name: Sophia Eleanora de la Cerda (nee Albrecht)

Nationality: German

Title: Baroness

Estate Name: Katzenberg (in Germany)

Age: 16

Gender: female

Height: 4'11”

Eye Color: ice blue

Hair Color: platinum blonde

Marital Status: married

 

Physical Appearance:

 

A breathtaking angelic beauty, Sophia has exquisitely sculpted features … high cheekbones, a pretty nose, full lips, and alabaster skin without a blemish upon it. Her eyes are the color of the sky on a perfect summer day, and framed by nearly impossibly long eyelashes. She has pale flaxen hair which falls to her hips in gentle waves. Only 4'11” tall, she has an hour-glass figure with shapely hips, a narrow waist, and an overlarge bosom that sometimes causes pain in her back and embarrasses her a bit.

 

 

First Impression:

 

Sophia's face is the picture of innocence, and her pouty lips are often turned up into a sweet but enigmatic smile, as if she holds a secret that she will never tell. Sophia moves with a natural grace that makes her appear to walk on air. Her hips swing seductively when she walks, yet it is not intentional, nor is the alluring tilt of her head, the delicate fashion in which she moves her expressive hands, or the coquettish way she glances at you from beneath thick golden eyelashes. She is one of those young women who attract attention without trying. It simply comes naturally to her.

 

 

Pets:

 

Acapella ( Lipizzan stallion)

Aurora (golden lion tamarin)

Romeo (white long-haired male cat with one blue eye and one gold eye)

Juliet (dilute calico van long-haired female cat with green eyes)

Lyra (torbie semi-long-haired female cat with gold eyes)

Allegro (chinchilla semi-long-haired male kitten with blue eyes)

Arietta (nightingale)

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