Queen Isabella


 

Isabella and her ladies of the court joined husband Ferdinand on the battlefield in the 1487 siege of the Muslim-held city of Malaga during the Reconquista.

 

 National Affiliation: Castile and Leon
Occupation: Queen of Castile and Leon
Allies: Ferdinand II, Marquis of Cadiz
Enemies: Hamet el Zegri
Castles: Alcazaba, Gibralfaro Castle
Personality: Pious, Austerity, Prudent, Ruthless

 

Isabella became the ruler of Castile and Leon in 1474, shortly after the Castilian War of Succession. A religious woman of high noble standing, she was betrothed and then married to Ferdinand of Aragon in 1469 to stabilize both countries.

Isabella became a shining symbol of Catholic piety in the realm. She was not particularly attractive but her devout (and honest) nature inspired thousands of Iberians.

Ferdinand used this to his advantage during the Reconquista, making a show of Isabella’s travels with him to inspire the troops.

Isabella was a capable but often ruthless ruler. She took direct part (and profit) in the Inquisition.

Isabella also reformed a Kingdom left in financial ruins by her predecessor and brother, Henry IV, instituting new regulations in law, education, and economy. It was she who personally financed Columbus’s first expedition to the Americas as well.

Isabella and her ladies of the court joined husband Ferdinand on the battlefield in the 1487 siege of the Muslim-held city of Malaga during the Reconquista.