Juan de Castilla y Haro

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Juan de Castilla y Haro
Lord of Cuéllar and Biscay
Arms of the House of Haro, Lords of Biscay.svg
Arms of the House of Haro
Died31 October 1326
Toro, Zamora
Noble familyCastilian House of Ivrea
Spouse(s)Isabel of Portugal
FatherJohn of Castile
MotherMaría II Díaz de Haro
ReligionRoman Catholicism

Juan de Castilla y Haro, most commonly known as Juan el Tuerto (the one-eyed) (b. ? - d. 31 October 1326, Toro), was a Spanish noble of the House of Haro and of the royal line of the Kingdom of Castile descended from Alfonso X of Castile. He was the Lord of Cuéllar from 1319 to 1325[1] and the Lord of Biscay from 1322 until his assassination by order of King Alfonso XI of Castile in 1326.

Family Origins[edit]

He was the son and heir of María II Díaz de Haro, from whom he inherited the Lordship of Biscay, and her husband the infante John of Castile. His paternal grandfather was King Alfonso X of Castile and his maternal grandfather was Diego López III de Haro.

Marriage and Descendants[edit]

Juan married Isabel of Portugal, Lady of Penela, the daughter of Infante Afonso of Portugal, son of King Afonso III of Portugal, and his wife Violante Manuel, the daughter of Infante Manuel of Castile. This marriage produced the following children:

Political intrigues[edit]

The chronicle of the reign of Alfonso XI of Castile describes the minority of the young king as a time of violence and social tension, when knights and powerful lords robbed and oppressed those weaker than they.[2] In 1325, the fourteen year old king announced his intention to rule in his own right, without the aid of the regents who had exploited their time in control. Many of his subjects had fled to nearby kingdoms to avoid the turmoil. All hoped the king would restore order. Among the princes prepared to oppose the king militarily if necessary was el Tuerto.


Juan el Tuerto was lured to Toro with the prospect of a pardon and reconciliation with the King Alfonso. On the Feast of All Saints, the king ordered the murder of el Tuerto and two of his knights, then summoned the nobles to the square to hear an account of the infante's treasonable conduct.[3]

See also[edit]

Preceded by
María II Díaz de Haro

Lord of Biscay

Succeeded by
María II Díaz de Haro


  1. ^ Velasco Bayón, Balbino (1996): Historia de Cuéllar, Segovia: Exma. Diputación Provincial de Segovia, pág. 105.
  2. ^ Linehan, Peter. History and Historians of Medieval Spain, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1993
  3. ^ Ruiz, Teofilo F., "Towards a Symbolic History of Alfonso XI of Castile: Power, Ceremony and Triumph", The Emergence of León-Castile c.1065-1500: Essays Presented to J.F. O'Callaghan, (James J Todesca, ed.), Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2015 ISBN 9781472400444

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