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13th October at 18:00 (delivered via Zoom)

Juana la Loca
by Helen Sijsling

Juana the Mad: heretic or lunatic? Mad for love or genetically mad? Or victim of political machinations of husband, father and son?


The Queen Juana of Castile, the third daughter of the Catholic Kings Isabel and Ferdinand, got the nickname Juana the Mad, Juana la Loca. She was regularly locked up by husband, father and son till finally she was imprisoned in Tordesillas for 46 years.

But was she mad? The Romantic image of a queen mad for love of her young husband who passed away, trudging through Spain with his coffin, which was popular in the 19th c, is questioned by modern historians. Was she schizophrenic?  Or was she just inconvenient for the men around her who were hungry for power: her father Ferdinand King of Aragon, her husband Philip the Handsome, the Archduke of Austria and her son Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor?

About Helen Sijsling

Helen Sijsling has been living in Spain for 20 years. After having read English Literature at Leyden University and Oxford University she worked as a teacher of English. After having attained an MA in Educational Management at the University of Amsterdam she worked in The Netherlands and the Caribbean as educational consultant for secondary schools, training managers in change management and teachers in new and effective ways to teach. 
Now there is time to thoroughly enjoy other interests expressed in an earlier degree in History of Art (Leyden University). Now she regularly gives lectures on History, Literature and Art subjects for The Arts Societies and other societies on the coast.


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This lecture will be delivered as a Zoom webinar direct to your living room.

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20th October at 18:00

Three Spanish Painters
by Manni Coe

If Nerja's Centro Cultural is open for lectures, we will be presenting this lecture there. If it is not open, this lecture will be delivered via Zoom into your home.

In this talk entited THREE SPANISH PAINTERS, Manni will take us on an in-depth discovery based around three key paintings and the lives of their creators. 




About Manni Coe

Manni Coe studied Spanish Literature at Edinburgh University before settling in Andalucia 20 years ago. He has been a private guide for over 25 years. As he was grappling with the complications of Spanish history, he discovered Art as a vehicle through to deeper understanding. He now uses Art to teach Spanish History & Culture. He lives on an olive farm in the middle of Andalucia with his partner and his 4 dogs, chickens, ducks, cats and 160 goats. 

Manni's website

Chairman honoured by The Arts Society

Helen Sijsling was selected for the Marsh Award for making a difference as a volunteer. The award was presented from London by Zoom. Helen was given 4 minutes to present the society and illustrate the reasons for the nomination.

See Helen's response here



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Piet Mondrian, 1927
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