“THE DISTANCE IS GREAT FROM THE FIRM BELIEF TO THE REALIZATION FROM CONCRETE EXPERIENCE”: DOCUMENT SIGNED BY QUEEN ISABELLA I, QUEEN OF SPAIN

  • Isabella I, Queen of Spain Signed Document.

Isabella I, Queen of Spain Signed Document.

$7,800.00

Item Number: 39080

Single quarto manuscript document signed by Queen Isabella of Spain, dated 20 November, 1501. With “La Reyna” at the top, and signed “Yo la Reyna.” The letter is for a credit to Isabella’s chamberlain, Sancho de Paredes for various supplies, services, and expenditures. Matted and framed opposite a portrait of Isabella. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 20.5 inches. Rare and desirable signed by Queen Isabella.

Isabella I was Queen of Castile. She was married to Ferdinand II of Aragon. Their marriage became the basis for the political unification of Spain under their grandson, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. After a struggle to claim her right to the throne, she reorganized the governmental system, brought the crime rate to the lowest it had been in years, and unburdened the kingdom of the enormous debt her brother had left behind. Her reforms and those she made with her husband had an influence that extended well beyond the borders of their united kingdoms. Isabella and Ferdinand are known for completing the Reconquista, and for supporting and financing Christopher Columbus' 1492 voyage that led to the opening of the New World and to the establishment of Spain as the first global power which dominated Europe and much of the world for more than a century. Isabella was granted the title Servant of God by the Catholic Church in 1974.

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