The Spanish Princess: Lina de Cardonnes [ESFJ 1w2]

Function Order: Fe-Si-Ne-Ti

Lina is highly concerned with emotional dynamics, and the appearance of appropriateness. She reminds Rosa many times to remember her place and that Catherine and Arthur will choose a husband for her; it is not her place to choose one for herself. She understands how ‘men’ and the court ‘work,’ and cautions Rosa against losing her virtue, which would mean a good man would have no interest in marrying her. When Margaret Beaufort puts the Spanish soldiers into the stables for the night, Lina disapproves and confronts her about how it ‘looks’ for them to be banished among the horses. She insists upon them moving into the house. She is surprised that the man she loves has kept his Islamic religion, because it is forbidden in Spain, and later accuses Catherine of burning books, asking her how long it is before she will ‘burn people also.’ She forces her mistress to remember the atrocities in Spain, forced upon her parents (who pretended to convert, but never really did), and challenges her not to be like her mother. Lina is quite outspoken at times, both in her disapproval for others’ actions, and in her support of her mistress. She tolerates a great deal of Catherine’s tantrums without complaint, always looking to cheer her on, guide, and support her. As head of her household, she attends to her immediate needs, and balks at some of Catherine’s more radical intentions… such as her decision to pretend her marital consummation never happened, and to marry her husband’s brother. Lina cautions her against the potential consequences of this decision, but supports her out of loyalty.

Enneagram: 1w2 so/sp

Lina has no problem calling others out on their wrongful behavior, or drawing attention to what is wrong; she initially doesn’t want to go out with her future husband to a tavern, because of “the company he keeps.” She disapproves of men drinking in front of her, swearing, and pissing on the walls. She objects to Catherine’s decision to feign her virginity on moral grounds, telling her that “we all heard you together,” but also stands by her, out of moral support. When Catherine lashes out at her, Lina continues to do her duty by her without complaint. She calls her mistress out on the rug for her prejudice against so many people she has never met (the Protestants, the Muslims, etc). She shows disapproval for Rosa’s flirtations with the Duke of Buckingham, who is married, but also offers to help her get rid of the child if that is what she wants. She is quite helpful, dutiful, and loving toward those she cares about and her children. She does not know how to ask for help, and feels grateful when Catherine sends her a wet nurse—but also hurt that she did not come herself.