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Juan II of Castille (1405–1454)
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As king, Juan lacked interest in governing, preferring to rule through his favored minister, Álvaro de Luna (1385-1453). Luna served the king for forty years-as page, soldier, statesman, and confidant-progressively achieving total control over Juan’s will and the realm. His unparalleled power angered other feudal lords, ensuring conspiracies and strife throughout Juan’s reign.