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Jarandilla de la Vera, Charles V and Cuacas

You have to admire somebody as powerful as Charles V who actually gave up immense imperial power and retired voluntarily. After 40 years as emperor (of Spain, the Netherlands and Austro-Hungary) he stood down in 1556 in favour of son Philip II and came to live at the monastery at Cuacas de Yuste. While he waited for the building to be ready for him, he stayed three months in this very castle-palace which last week functioned as our Parador for two nights:

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Sitting in its courtyard, sipping cold white wine, Keir brings Spanish medieval history alive for me, and I regret again the "kings, battles, dates" approach with which school history left me stone cold:

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Next day we drive the short journey to Cuacas de Yuste, and enjoy the wonderful stillness of the monastery:

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He died here in 1558, his deathbed within sight of the altar in his serene chapel:

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