Elizabeth of Valois

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Elizabeth of Valois

(văl`wä, Fr. välwä`), 1545–68, queen of Spain, daughter of Henry II of France. Originally intended to wed Don CarlosCarlos,
1545–68, prince of the Asturias, son of Philip II of Spain and Maria of Portugal. Don Carlos, who seems to have been mentally unbalanced and subject to fits of homicidal mania, was imprisoned by his father in 1568.
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, son of Philip II of Spain, she was married (1559) to Philip himself. The unfounded legend of a tragic love between Elizabeth and Carlos is often found in literature, notably in Schiller's Don Carlos.
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In this case, Elisabeth of Valois, married to Philip II in 1559, was crucial to the maintenance of an alliance, albeit a superficial one, between the crowns of France and Spain.