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Isabella I of Spain
Date of Birth:
April 22, 1451
Date of Death:
November 26, 1504
Isabella I was Queen regnant of Castile and León. She and her husband, Ferdinand II of Aragon, laid the foundation for the political unification of Spain under their grandson, Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor.
The Castilian version of her name was Ysabel , which is etymologically the same as Elizabeth, but in Germanic countries she is nevertheless usually known by a Latin form of her name, Isabella. The official inscription on her tomb renders her names in Latin as "Helizabeth". Pope Alexander VI named Isabella and her husband the Catholic Monarchs, therefore she is often known as Isabel la Católica in Spanish.