Isabella I of Castile

1451 - 1504

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Isabella I (Spanish: Isabel I; 22 April 1451 – 26 November 1504), also called Isabella the Catholic (Spanish: Isabel la Católica), was Queen of Castile and León from 1474 until her death in 1504. She was also Queen of Aragon from 1479 until her death as the wife of King Ferdinand II. Reigning together over a dynastically unified Spain, Isabella and Ferdinand are known as the Catholic Monarchs. After a struggle to claim the throne, Isabella reorganized the governmental system, brought the crime rate down, and unburdened the kingdom of the debt, which her half-brother King Henry IV had left behind. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Isabella I of Castile has received more than 7,037,646 page views. Her biography is available in 90 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 83 in 2019). Isabella I of Castile is the 135th most popular politician (down from 107th in 2019), the 16th most popular biography from Spain (down from 15th in 2019) and the 6th most popular Spanish Politician.

Isabella I of Castile was the Queen of Castile and León from 1474 until her death in 1504. She was the daughter of John II of Castile and Maria of Aragon, and she married Ferdinand II of Aragon. She was the first woman to rule Castile.

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Among politicians, Isabella I of Castile ranks 135 out of 19,576Before her are Hermann Göring, Philip IV of France, Clovis I, Murad I, John Major, and Herod the Great. After her are Murad II, Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor, David Ben-Gurion, Benjamin Netanyahu, Bernie Sanders, and Skanderbeg.

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Among people born in 1451, Isabella I of Castile ranks 2Before her is Christopher Columbus. After her are Muhammad Shaybani, James III of Scotland, René II, Duke of Lorraine, Frederick of Naples, Kemal Reis, Isabel Neville, Duchess of Clarence, Nicolás de Ovando, and Franchinus Gaffurius. Among people deceased in 1504, Isabella I of Castile ranks 1After her are Stephen III of Moldavia, Filippino Lippi, Philibert II, Duke of Savoy, John Corvinus, Frederick of Naples, Pedro Berruguete, Alvise Vivarini, Eberhard II, Duke of Württemberg, Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo, Mauro Codussi, and Thomas Stanley, 1st Earl of Derby.

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Among people born in Spain, Isabella I of Castile ranks 16 out of 3,355Before her are Trajan (53), Philip II of Spain (1527), Hernán Cortés (1485), Hadrian (76), Theodosius I (340), and Pope Alexander VI (1431). After her are Ignatius of Loyola (1491), Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor (1503), Francisco Pizarro (1478), Joanna of Castile (1479), Joan Miró (1893), and Ibn Arabi (1165).


Among politicians born in Spain, Isabella I of Castile ranks 6Before her are Francisco Franco (1892), Trajan (53), Philip II of Spain (1527), Hadrian (76), and Theodosius I (340). After her are Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor (1503), Joanna of Castile (1479), Charles II of Spain (1661), Philip IV of Spain (1605), Ferdinand II of Aragon (1452), and Philip III of Spain (1578).