On June 19, 1512, early in the morning, the Cortes of Navarre met at the Royal Palace of Iruñea with the presence of the queen and king, Catalina and Juan, to discuss foreign policy affairs. The extraordinary meeting was prolonged until the next day when the monarchs explained to the Cortes the exact terms of the alliance proposals of both Fernando II, King of Aragón –known as the Catholic–, and the French monarch, Louis XII. The ultimatum given by Fernando II about making new strategic agreements against France aimed to gain sovereignty over the territory of Navarre and avoid any possible alliance between Navarre and France. In the following weeks, Fernando II took the first measures toward the conquest of Navarre.
Every Friday we look into our Basque archives for interesting historic events that happened on the same day.