07 Isabel II by Heirs to the Throne Project Podcasts published on 2017-10-07T15:10:52Z Isabel II Isabel II was brought up in the midst of the First Carlist War (1833-1839), which pitted the supporters of Don Carlos against the Queen Regent Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies and her backers. In the light of the ultra-Catholic, conservative policies of her rival, the queen regent forged an alliance with liberal elements. Her daughter Isabel II was styled as the niña de la libertad (child of liberty): She became the hope for a more modern, equitable and liberal future for Spain. However, after the Carlists defeat in 1839 liberal unity broke down and the queen regent was forced into exile in October 1840. The liberal general Baldomero Espartero was appointed as regent and the young queen’s care was put in the hands of a newly appointed Ayos. This is the story of that liberal Aya Juana de Vega, Condessa de Espoz y Mina, her attempts to make Isabel II into a good constitutional queen and the opposition she faced to her endeavour.