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attitudes and wrote him treaties on the art of government Isabella The Catholic was born on April 22 1451 with the Spanish name Isabel La Catolic She became heiress of Castile when King Henry took her in as his daughter Without Henrys permission she married Ferdiand in October 1469 in the palace of Juan de Vivero at Valladolid King Henry then rejected Isabellas claim to the throne and gave it to his daughter Joan Fedinand and Isabellas marriage ended centuries of rivalry between two principle kingdoms of Christian Spain The two kingdoms were very different in size and strength Isabellas kingdom Castile had a population of approximately of six to seven million and covered an area three times larger than Ferdinands kingdom Aragon Aragon had only about one million people there although it included all of northwestern Spain Isabella was known as the one with the more dominant personality She was a young woman of great determination and intelligence Ferdinand on the other hand was known for his charm rather than his willpower Unlike most rulers he knew his limitations and was quite willing to follow his wifes lead in political matters Ferdiand lived twelve years longer than Isabella and died peacefully at a chapel in a small town outside Mardrigaligo Spain They lay side by side in the royal chapel Isabella wanted her subjects to think of the two of them as an inseparable authority The popular saying that they used to say was tanto monta monta tanto Isabel como Fernado meaning He counts for as much as she does she counts for as much as he does Ferdinand and Isabella came to power in the middle was almost impossible attitudes and wrote him treaties on the art of government Isabella The Catholic was born on April 22 1451 with the Spanish name Isabel
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