Isabella I


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Queen of Castile (1474–1504). She united her kingdom with that of Aragon by her marriage with its king, Ferdinand V, in 1469, retaining sole authority in Castilian affairs. She was noted for her Catholic piety, encouragement of the Spanish Inquisition, and her intolerance towards Jews and Muslims. She patronized Spanish and Flemish artists, and supported the exploration of America.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).

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