Empress Eugenia de Montijo Almost 50 years ago, I found a 310-page hefty volume, Ceremonias y Régimen de Coro, in the antiques shop of a prestigious bookseller in Madrid. It begins with a prologue of the then dean Pedro de Carvajal, dated in 1603. As Mr....

The Royal Primate Cathedral (II)   The connection between the old Spanish Kings and Toledo’s Cathedral reached its peak with Isabella I of Castile, who ordered to build inside the Cathedral a private space with a balcony over the crossing in order to attend the great celebrations...

Thanks to the ecclesiastical primacy of the diocese and to its relationship with the Spanish monarchy, Toledo and its Cathedral were for centuries the religious, political and cultural epicenter of the Iberian peninsula. Although the residence of the Medieval monarchs used to be itinerant, Toledo’s...