Anyhow, I just wanted to ask whether, in fact, the branching out could be attributed almost exclusively to their second daughter. The only other child through whom they have living descendants is their third daughter, the Infanta Maria (who became the queen of Portugal by marrying the widowed husband of her eldest sister). However, I believe that a number of the latter's descendants intermarried with those of her elder sister, the famous Infanta Juana (who married Philip of Burgundy). This should not be a surprise, given that royals have traditionally married their own kind: same rank, then, typically translated into blood relations.
That being said, I'm curious as to whether the Infanta Maria does, in fact, have direct descendants who are not also descended from that said sister. Is she perhaps responsible for another royal line surviving today? Or perhaps she was, at some point in the past, but the said line became extinct? Have these two lines of descent from Ferdinand and Isabella largely merged?
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