Speaker:

Janet Worthington

Queen Isabella of Castile: An Extraordinary Ruler

When Isabella of Castile married Ferdinand of Aragon, they united Spain under Catholic monarchs. Hoping to gain many new converts to Christianity, Queen Isabella agreed to sponsor Christopher Columbus’ expedition to the New World in 1492. She cared greatly for these Native Americans and even left instructions for their care in her will. Janet Worthington portrays Isabella in her later years, as she recounts her reign over a glorious period in Spanish history, as well as her part in the Spanish Inquisition.