Juan Pacheco Noble person

Juan Pacheco (Belmonte, 1419-Trujillo October 1, 1474). Noble Castilian that dominated the political scene since the late years of the reign of Juan II of Castile until almost the reign of Isabella the Catholic and confidant of Henry IV of Castile. Held the titles of Marquis of Villena, the Count of Xiquena, Duke of Escalona for his marriage to his second wife, Master of the Order of Santiago and Grand master of the king's house. Juan Pacheco was the son of Alfonso Tellez Giron and Vázquez de Acuña and Maria Pacheco, daughter of Juan Fernandez Pacheco, first lord of Belmonte (Cuenca) and Agnes Téllez de Meneses. In a family from the Portuguese nobility, having been exiled to Castile after the battle of Aljubarrota (1385), were owners of their main possessions Belmonte as the Alcazar, built by Prince Don Juan Manuel, and later the castle of Belmonte, which was built by Juan Pacheco 1456 after being named the Marquis de Villena. In his childhood playmate was Henry IV of Castile. Was a page of Alvaro de Luna who intervened to bring it into court as Child of Prince Henry.

Personal details

Date of birth
Date of death
1474 at age of 55



Noble titles

Noble title From To
Marquis of Villena 1445 1474
Duke of Escalona 1474

Military conflicts participated

First Battle of Olmedo

Wikipedia article

The First Battle of Olmedo, between Castilian forces and those of Navarre and Aragon, took place on 19 May 1445 outside Olmedo in Castile. The war was in part prompted by the decrees of John II of Castile and his aide Álvaro de Luna that rents, that is taxes, from the town of Medina del Campo would be paid to his administration, rather than that of John II of Aragon, also of Navarre. The latter king invaded Castile, aided by his brother Alfonso V of Aragón. The Castilian king departed from Medina del Campo, and met the invasion at Olmedo, where he was successful. The infante Henry of Aragon, the younger brother of Alfonso and John, died of his wounds a few days later in Calatayud.


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