Éboli, Ana de Mendoza de la Cerda, princesa de

Éboli, Ana de Mendoza de la Cerda, princesa de

(ä`nä thā māndō`thä thā lä thār`dä prēnthā`sä thā ā`bōlē), 1540–92, Spanish noblewoman. After the death (1573) of her husband, Ruy Gómez, principe de Éboli, she is supposed by romantic tradition to have had an affair with Antonio PérezPérez, Antonio
, b. 1534 or 1539, d. 1611, Spanish politician. Ambitious and unscrupulous, he became secretary to King Philip II and was, with the princesa de Éboli, a center of court intrigues.
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. She was certainly involved in political intrigues with him and shared his disgrace after the murder of Juan de EscobedoEscobedo, Juan de
, d. 1578, Spanish politician, secretary to John of Austria in the Netherlands. He was murdered while on a mission in Madrid. Antonio Pérez was, perhaps unjustly, charged with the murder.
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. She spent the years after 1579 in prison and enforced retirement. She appears in Schiller's Don Carlos.
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