Encyclopedia > Isabella I of Castile

  Article Content

Isabella of Castile

Redirected from Isabella I of Castile

Artist's impression

Isabella of Castile (Spanish: Ysabel, Isabel or Isaabela; sometimes in English: Elizabeth) (1451 April 22 - 26 November 1504) was queen of Castile, the wife of Ferdinand II of Aragon, a great-great-grandaughter of Edward III of England (and her grandmother was half-sister to Henry IV of England), the mother of Catherine of Aragon, and the patron of Christopher Columbus.

In 1492, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, Granada, was taken, fulfilling Isabella's long-held dream.

Motivated by politics and religious zealotry, she and her husband started the Inquisition in Spain, which targeted converted Moors and Jews. The Spanish Pope Alexander VI, father of Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia, gave them each the sobriquet "the Catholic" (or Catholic King/Queen) because of those efforts.

"In the love of Christ and his Maid-Mother," she says, "I have caused great misery. I have depopulated towns and districts, provinces and kingdoms."

Preceded by:
John II of Castile
List of Castilian monarchs Followed by:
Joanna of Castile

All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
  Featured Article
367 BC

... century BC - 4th century BC - 3rd century BC Decades: 410s BC 400s BC 390s BC 380s BC 370s BC - 360s BC - 350s BC 340s BC 330s BC 320s BC 310s BC 372 BC 371 BC 370 BC ...