Queen Isabella of Spain

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Ferdinand of Aragon (1452-1516) and Isabella of Castile (1451-1504), a reliquary in the Royal Chapel, Capilla Real. Parents of Catherine of Aragon, first wife of Henry VIII.

Granada Pictures, Spain, with information, Alhambra++

Granada Pictures of main attractions including the Alhambra, Generalife, Albaicin, with compact information, Andalusia, Spain - by Bugbog

Isabella I of Spain, well known as the patron of Christopher Columbus, with her husband Ferdinand II of Aragon,  are responsible for making possible the unification of Spain under their grandson Carlos I.  As part of the drive for unification, Isabella appointed Tomás de Torquemada as the first Inquisitor General of the inquisition.  March 31, 1492 marks the implementation of the Alhambra Decree; expulsion edicts forcing the removal or conversion of Jews and Muslims.  Roughly 200,000 people…

Top 10 Most Evil Women - Listverse

We all tend to focus on the evil men in the world and forget some of the truly evil women that have lived. I hope to correct that with this list. Here we have not just serial killers, but other utterly despicable women who have caused tragedy in many people's lives. So, without further ado,

Crown of Queen Isabella.  This was the personal crown used by Queen Isabella I of Castile, Spain.  It is displayed in the Royal Chapel Museum.

Crown of Queen Isabella. This was the personal crown used by Queen Isabella I of Castile, Spain. It is displayed in the Royal Chapel Museum.

Isabella l of Castile was Queen of Castile and León. She and her husband Ferdinand II of Aragon brought stability to both kingdoms that became the basis for the unification of Spain.

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Joanna of Spain (Joanna loca), daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella, sister of Catherine of Aragon, married to Philip (the Fair) brought the house of Habsburg to Spain. Their children: Eleanor, queen consort of Portugal & France; Charles, King of Spain, Holy Roman Emperor; Isabella, queen consort of Denmark, Norway & Sweden; Ferdinand I, King of Bohemia & Hungary, Holy Roman Emperor; Mary, queen consort of Hungary & Bohemia; Catherine, queen consort of Portu...

Biography of Isabella I, Queen of Spain

Isabella I, queen of Castile and León, and her husband Ferdinand II, king of Aragon, combined their lands to form what would become Spain.

Known historically as 'Juana la loca', Juana of Castile, sister to Catherine of Aragon (first wife of Henry VIII). She became Queen regnant of Castile upon the death of her mother Isabella I. Her father & husband more than likely conspired to have her declared insane (thus unfit to rule) due to her flair for dramatic outburts. Upon the death of her husband, she went into lifetime mourning, locked in a tower by her son for the rest of her life (still being the Queen of Castile until her…

Sister Queens

I'm currently working on two costumes with a good friend of mine, Vicky, for Costume Con 31 in Denver this year. The year for me is 1502 and the portrait is of Katherine of Aragon, before she was Queen of England, and still just a young lady. For Vicky it is 1495, and Katherine's older sister, Juana of Castile, more commonly (and unfairly) known as Juana la Loca. I have never worked in this era before, the earliest costume I've made has been Elizabethan, specifically in 1570s, so I was…

Wedding portrait of King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castile

Why Did the Spanish Inquisition Allow Some Witches to Stay Alive?

The Spanish Inquisition has a reputation for having been very bloody and cruel. However, in some regions of Spain their actions were barely visible and were focused on heretics but not witches. Most of the people accused of witchcraft were actually sent back home and lived as if the Inquisition didn’t exist.