Prime Minister Manuel de Godoy

A member of the royal bodyguard, Manuel de Godoy was born in Castuera, Spain on May 12, 1767. After moving with his brother to Madrid, he began an affair with the future king of Spain’s betrothed fiancé, Maria Luisa of Parma. Through this relationship he moved up the ranks and became a field marshal and first secretary of state and Duque de Alcudia. In 1792 he was named Prime Minister of Spain for the first of two times and negotiated the Peace of Basel between France and Spain, earning him the title of the Prince of Peace. Through a tumultuous rule he became a prisoner of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1808. He spent the remainder of his days until his death in 1851 in Paris, France. (NB)