TESTAMENTOMADRIGALEJOThe President of the Regional Government of Extremadura advocates to capitalise on the fact that the region has been the place chosen by kings and emperors throughout history to spend their last days. Fernández Vara has made these statements in Madrigalejo (Cáceres) at the presentation of the facsimile of the will of Ferdinand II (the Catholic), an act that was also attended by the Duke of Alba, Carlos Fitz-James Stuart y Martínez de Irujo, among other authorities.

This fax has been published by the Foundation together with the City Hall of Madrigalejo and the Casa de Alba Foundation, the original of which is deposited in the Library of the Casa de Alba Foundation. This is a limited edition of the document signed by King Ferdinand on 22 January 1516 which includes the full transcript of the will.

“We are celebrating an event that is part of something much greater and we should be able to capitalise more on the fact that this land was where both King Ferdinand and Emperor Charles V came to spend the last days of their lives”, stressed Fernández Vara.

In this regard, he announced that the regional administration shall disseminate through the European Academy of Yuste Foundation the facsimile of the will of Ferdinand the Catholic to make it reach all public libraries and archives because it is a document which must be known.

The Head of the Regional Government said that citizens from Extremadura must feel very proud to have been part of an important part of the history of the country because Extremadura has been the scene of very important historical events. He also recalled that in a short period of time spent, both King Ferdinand and the Emperor Charles V spent their last days in the region.

Fernández Vara has concluded that the citizens of Extremadura must be satisfied that history puts things in place and has ruled that if ever anyone wants to know who the citizens of Extremadura were, they just have to go to the history books to learn about the important role the region has played.

Thus, he noted that citizens of the region need to be aware of how far the community was a landmark in some moments in history for the world. Thus, he pointed out that Guadalupe became an economic centre and this city of Extremadura became a reference thanks to the frequent visits that Queen Isabella I (the Catholic).