DescriptionQueen Isabella of Spain Document Signed "Yo La Reyna." Two pages of a bifolium, 8" x 11.5", in Old Spanish, January 15, 1501, ordering the queen's chamberlain, Sancho de Paredes, to pay an engraver for crosses supplied to the queen. The document also lists the description of each cross' size, shape, and whether or not they were jeweled or gilded. Also signed by Gaspar de Trizio, the queen's secretary, and by the engraver, who has added his receipt. On the third page are notes regarding the costs for this service. Bearing two cancellation cuts. Only minor soiling; very nice condition.
Isabella ruled Castile and León. Her marriage in 1469 to King Ferdinand of Aragon unified Christian Spain and laid the foundation for Spain's future greatness. They had five children, including Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of Henry VIII of England, and Joanna the Mad, who was the mother of Charles V, king of Spain and Holy Roman Emperor. Isabella and her husband are famous for introducing the Inquisition in 1478, the Reconquista of Granada, and for their expulsion of the Jews from Spain. In 1492, they financed Christopher Columbus' voyage to the New World which led to the creation of the overseas Spanish colonial empire, bringing great wealth and power to Spain. From the Donald P. Dow Collection.
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