Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Lovers of Teruel - Spain

We all love a beautiful love story but this one didn't have an happy end though. This card was sent by Gemma.

The Lovers of Teruel (Los amantes de Teruel) is a romantic legend that is alleged to have taken place in the 13th century - in a small town called Teruel.
There was two important and wealthy families in the city of Teruel, the Marcillas' and Seguras'. Diego was a Marcilla and Isabel a Segura. 
The two fell in love as childhood playmates but when they were at an eligible age to get married, Diego's family had fallen on hard times. Isabel's father, being the most wealthy man in all of Teruel, forbid the marriage. Diego, however, was able to make an agreement with the father in which he would leave Teruel for five years to try and build up his fortune. If Diego was able to gain wealth within those five years he would be able to marry his beloved, Isabel. 
Diego was not heard from in five years and on the day of the fifth year past, Isabel's father married her to Don Pedro de Azagra from Albarracín. 

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Right after the wedding ceremony there was a commotion at the Zaragoza gate. The watchmen informed the village that Diego Marcilla had returned with great riches and with the intent of marrying Isabel. Diego had not counted the day in which he petitioned Isabel's father whereas the Seguras had. Diego ran to the feet of Isabel and pleaded her to marry him. Isabel refused, for it was impossible; she had already gotten married. Then Diego pleaded for just one kiss so that at least he could go on in the world, but Isabel refused. 
Upon hearing this Diego could not bear the separation between himself and his love, and with a sigh he died on the feet of his beloved Isabel. The next day, during the funeral for Diego Marcilla, Isabel showed up dressed in her wedding dress. She proceeded to walk to the front of the church and place a kiss on the man whom she had refused but in doing so Isabel died, falling prostrate on the body of the man whom she loved. - in: 

The two deaths caused by love inspired the citizens of Teruel and they demanded that the two be buried side by side so that at least in death they could be together. This request was granted by the church. The fame of the couple soon spread through Spain and in 1560 their mummies were exhumed and placed in the tombs where they now rest.
The tombs are carved out of marble and bear the family shields of Marcilla and Segura, but the most attractive part of the tombs are the lids. The lids are exquisitely carved: one features the strong and handsome Diego, his one arm outstretched, reaching for his love Isabel – his hand comes close to touching her, but because of religious piety they do not touch (since Isabel was married). The lid for Isabel is radiant and most beautiful. 
According to 'professor' Antonio Beltrán, the legend grew when two mummies were found in San Peter’s Church (Teruel, Aragón, Spain), in 1555; and it was believed that they were Diego Marcilla and Isabel Segura, the lovers. - in: wikipedia

1 comment:

Helen said...

What a terribly sad story! Thanks for posting it.