Queen Isabella Live in medieval times, or in, 'The Dark Ages,' as some referred to
it. She lived in a time when the majority of the population was catholic, and she
did her best to see to it that those who weren't a part of that majority, became a
The queen was born on April 22, 1451. She was born in Madrigal, Castile,
which is why she later became know as Queen Isabella of Castile. Her father was
John II of Castile and her mother was Isabella of Portugal.
Her marriage was a politically arranged marriage. What I mean by this is
that it wasn't a marriage where guy meets girl and they fall in love, it means that
they were wedded for certain political reasons, sometimes against their will.
Isabella was fortunate enough to actually fall in love with her husband, many
politically arranged marriages where arranged by the couple's father, and married
against there will because they could not stand one another.
This was not the case
in queen Isabella's situation. She was married to Ferdinand II of Argon in October
of 1469 in Segovia. Their marriage was intended to unify the two countries,
Castile and Argon. The odd part about this was that Isabella almost forfeited her
rights to the throne by marrying Ferdinand.
It all started when Louis XI of France, a very clever king, made separate
treaties with both Castile and Argon in hope of someday gaining control of a place
called Catalonia. Louis realized that Isabella was going to become heir to the
throne and so if she married Ferdinand, the rulers of the two countries that he
made treaties with might join forces against him. Not only that, but they might
destroy his dream of taking over Catalonia.