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Elizabeth of Valois

Elizabeth of Valois văl´wä, Fr. välwä´ [key], 1545–68, queen of Spain, daughter of Henry II of France. Originally intended to wed Don Carlos , son of Philip II of Spain, she was married (1559) to Philip himself. The unfounded legend of a tragic love between Elizabeth and Carlos is often found in literature, notably in Schiller's Don Carlos.

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