- Feb 2019
I think not. His condition was more than ''developmental delays'', he had a terrible set of disabilities, both physical and mental. It was apparent that it would stick with him until the end. His weak state and the fact that he was pretty much a figure head was good for the nobility. In 1677 his mother was deposed by his brother John of Austria the Younger, who ruled until his death in 1679. After John's death Charles' mother returned to the regency. Officially, her regency ended in 1675 but she continued to exercise influence along with other nobles. John arranged a marriage for Charles in hopes of him actually getting an heir, but it was discovered he was infertile. He was king because he inherited the throne, simple as that. He was around as a figurehead while the nobles tried to get real power. Lack of advanced medicine did have an impact on infant mortality at the time but Charles' disabilities were a result of genetics and inbreeding.That's a very good question... his mother was Queen Regent - from what I gather, up to her death, when Charles was 35. Perhaps they held out hope that his developmental delays would resolve as he aged?
You raise a good point - perhaps the medicine of the day was partially to blame for some of these fertility issues / infant mortalities.