Isabella of Castile
Title: A Lady with Options
Dates: 1452 - 1503
Era in History: Late Medieval, Golden Age of Exploration
Summary: Isabella of Castile is an enigma. She is seen by the Catholic world as a saint, beloved for her religious fervor and proselytizing ambition. But there is much more to this female ruler than the robes of religion. She was a woman in a man’s world, and she used her cunning and political prowess to rule in her own right for decades.
T’was the fateful year of 1492,
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
He conquered and captured more than a few,
but Isabella believed she could save them, too.
For Spain must be Catholic, through and through.
That same year she said poo-poo
to religious freedoms for the Jews.
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