Queen Isabella

By 31/01/2019

Garcilaso de la Vega took possession of the town on behalf of the Queen Isabella I of Castile.



Isabella was born in Madrigal de las Altas Torres, Ávila, to John II of Castile and his second wife, Isabella of Portugal on 22 April 1451. At the time of her birth, she was second in line to the throne after her older half-brother Henry IV of Castile. Henry was 26 at that time and married, but childless.


Her younger brother Alfonso of Castile was born two years later in 1453, lowering her position to third in line. When her father died in 1454, her half-brother ascended to the throne as King Henry IV of Castile. Isabella and her brother Alfonso were left in King Henry’s care. She, her mother, and Alfonso then moved to Arévalo.


Image: Isabella I of Castile (1451-1504), queen of Castile and León.