This story starts when Estrella was condemned to die at the stake because she had cast a spell on a son of the nobleman Lope Artal. Estrella’s daughter, Azucena, was full of revenge, so she kidnapped one of Lope Artal’s child and she put him next to his own son. When the time of execution arrived she grabbed the baby and threw it to the fire where her mother was burning. But when she arrived home, she realized that the baby which she threw to the fire was her own baby. She decided to raise him as her child, Manrique. Manrique got older and he became a courageous man who dominated the art of the war, music and poetry, but of course Azucena taught him to hate the Artals.
At this time there was a climate of instability because of the constant fights between the supporters of King Juan II and the supporters of Prince of Viana, so the sovereign decided to make a tournament for young men to compete at the Aljafería. Manrique decided to take part, his opponent was Lope Artal’s son, Antonio. Manrique won Antonio and when he was going to collect the trophy he saw a beautiful girl, Leonor Sesé de Urrea. They felt in love with each other, but jealous Antonio told Leonor’s brother what was happening between Manrique and Leonor. Leonor’s family decided to put Leonor in a convent so that she could not see him anymore, but as soon as Manrique knew Leonor’s destiny, he went to rescue her and in El Castellar they found a place to be together. But sadly Antonio and Leonor’s brother found them and arrested and condemned Manrique to death. When Azucena found out about Manrique’s sentence, she went to talk with Lope Artal to say that Manrique was his own son, but nobody believed her because she was only a poor commoner.
When Manrique died, Leonor couldn’t resist the pain. Antonio saw a birthmark on Manrique’s body, a birthmark that all of the members of his family had, he was unable to live with the torment of having killed his brother.
Azucena spent a long time around the surrounding of the Aljaferia constantly repeating:”Look, this is the troubadour’s tower”.
CORAL BENAVENTE BT2B