: Thanks, Janet. Really a good article.
I agree. There can be no arguments about Isabel's great impact on the course of western civilization with her crucial role in the unification of Spain and all-important sponsorship of Columbus's voyages etc. In my opinion, I thought the author might have discussed a bit more about the ultimately disastrous consequences for Spain's economy and intellectual development as a result of her decisions to expel the Jewish and Muslim populations and her introduction of the Inquisition. However this article reinforces my enjoyment of the recent Spanish TV series "Isabel" and comes as a timely accompaniment to it!
: But no surprise, being the author Giles
: Tremlett. His biography of Catherine of
: Aragon is simply superb. And he is the
: correspondent of the Guardian in Spain. He
: speaks perfect Spanish and he is thinking of
: becoming a Spanish citizen, like other
: British citizens living in Spain, depending
: on what happens in the future negotiations
: with the EU.
Will Brexit really affect the plans of long-term British residents to become Spanish citizens anymore than, say, it would for any prospective Spanish citizens born outside Europe?
: And I see he has just written a biography
: about Isabel I of Castile. I must buy it.
: I did not know Richard III of England was
: one of the candidates to become her husband.
I had already read in some British history books about Spain concerning a possible marriage between Richard III and Isabel at some point. I believe his elder brother Edward IV had also been proposed. There was no mention of them as possible marital candidates in the series 'Isabel' as I recall although I guess it would seem to make some sense from the point of view of her half-brother, Enrique IV, who was anxious to marry her off to some foreign prince and get her out of Spain as quickly as possible.
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