Today in History - April 23rd. 1521 - Battle of Villalar (Spain)

On April 23rd 1521, the Battle of Villalar took place in Spain.

Painting of the Battle of Villalar - Source picture: Wikipedia

The Battle

The battle was a clash between rebels and royalist supporters of
Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor.  The Royal Supporters took the victory.


After the battle the three most important leaders of the rebels:
Juan de Padilla, 
Juan Bravo,
Francisco Maldonado,

were taken captive and  beheaded at the Plaza of Villalar.


Since 1986, April 23rd is an official holiday in the autonomous community
of Castile and León. It is even called the Castile and León Day!

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