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Alternative Title

The medieval 'madness' of Queen Juana I.

Publication Date


First Advisor

Joshua C. Birk

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts




Juana la Loca Queen of Castile 1479-1555, Juana la Loca, Joanna the Mad 1479-1555, Medieval, Early modern, Spain, Castile, Spain-15th century, Spain-16th cntury, Flanders, Sovereignty, Madness, Mental illness, Melancholia, Grief, Mourning, Medievalism, Womanhood, Media, Queens, Queenship, Juana la Loca Queen of Castile, Queens-Spain-Castile, Castile (Spain)-Kings and rules, Philip I King of Castile 1478-1506, Historical films


This thesis tackles issues of mental illness/institutionalization; I tend to place singular quotes around words like ‘madness,’ ‘mad,’ ‘loca,’ and ‘crazy’ to distinguish them from citations while still acknowledging the weight of these words and to strip them of their individual power. This paper also includes extensive discussions of death, particularly pertaining to the human body. There are also mentions of violent misogyny, consensual and nonconsensual sexual encounters (including rape and necrophilia), domestic abuse, self harm, disordered eating, and trauma.


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141 pages : illustrations (chiefly color). Includes bibliographical references (pages 134-141)