Isabella of Castile (22 April 1451 – 26 November 1504) was a queen of Castile and León. She was the daughter of John II of Castile and his second wife Isabel of Portugal.
Her brother, Enrique IV, who was the king of Castile, wanted her to marry her off. She wanted to marry someone from Portugal to make a political ally. She secretly married Ferdinand II of Aragon in 1469, and had five children with him. The youngest was Catherine of Aragon, who married Henry VIII of England in 1509. Isabella was the grandmother of Carlos I of Spain (Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor).
When Isabella’s husband died, she was supposed to be the new queen. Her brother Enriques’s daughter, Juana, wanted to become queen instead. After a war, Isabelle became queen. At the same time, Isabella’s husband, Ferdinand, became king of Aragon. They united the lands of Castile and Aragon into present-day Spain. Isabella helped pay for four of Christopher Columbus’ trips to find the Americas. In their time, the Americas were called “The New World”. She signed a truce in 1492 that made Spain a Christian country. After she died, her daughter Joanna of Castile became queen.
References[change | change source]
- Weissberger,Barbara, 2008. Queen Isabel I of Castile: power, patronage, persona. Tamesis, Woodbridge, p.20-21.
- Boruchoff, David A. 2003. Isabel la Católica, Queen of Castile: critical essays. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Queen Isabella I Essay
1198 Words5 Pages
She was born into a family of a long line of royal decedents. She became Queen at the age of twenty four. She was the first women to be on an US commutative coin. Who is this very accomplished person? Queen Isabella. Bold and daring, Queen Isabella accomplished many things in her thirty years of rein as Queen of Castile and Aragon. Queen Isabella was born on April 22, 1451 in Madrigal, Old Castile. Her mother was Isabella of Portugal and her dad was John the II of Castile. Her mom and dad were King and Queen of Castile. She had two brothers, Alfonzo and Henry (“Isabella of Castile” par13). At the age of three Isabella’s father died. After his death He4nry became King of Castile. A few years after he was crowned King he sent…show more content…
When they finally got married it stopped many feud between Castile and Argon. For that reason it brought peace to the land (“Isabella of Castile” par1). Five years after their marriage, Henry died on December 10, 1474. Days later Isabella became Queen of Castile. Everything was great in Castile and Aragon till Ferdinand’s father died in 1479. Isabella and Ferdinand where then named King and Queen of Aragon (“Isabella of castile” par 18). During their rein as King and Queen they had five children. They had four daughters, Juana, Catherine, Maria, and Isabella. In their life they only had one son, John. Sadly he died at a young age in 1497 (Foster 32). They now had a tough decision for who would be the heir to the throne. After a long while they chose Juana because her son was born on the eve of St. Mathis (Foster 285). Seven years after her son died, Isabella died on November 1504. She died in Medina del Campo due to an unknown reason. Later after her husband died he was laid to rest with her in Alhambra (“Queen Isabella I par2). Never the less Isabella left this world with accomplishing many things. One of the things she is known for is the Spanish Inquisition. An Inquisition is a hunt to find non-Christians and convert them or make them leave. Tomas de Torquemada was the person who told Isabella that she could not run a country with religious differences. In order to keep her country strong she reestablished the