Ferdinand the Catholic

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Noun1.Ferdinand the Catholic - the king of Castile and Aragon who ruled jointly with his wife Isabella; his marriage to Isabella I in 1469 marked the beginning of the modern state of Spain and their capture of Granada from the Moors in 1492 united Spain as one country; they instituted the Spanish Inquisition in 1478 and supported the expedition of Christopher Columbus in 1492 (1452-1516)
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Remember that from the time of Ferdinand the Catholic, the value of the maravedi remained unchanged.
He bestowed his Spanish lands and the two Italian islands of Sicily and Sardinia on his brother, John, King of Navarre, from whom they eventually passed to John's son Ferdinand the Catholic.
Since less theocentric explanations for historical change were also acceptable in the period, could a dramatist of the political pedagogue persuasion, Calderon, offer historical exemplars more immediate to Philip IV's century than Gracian's Ferdinand the Catholic, or Saavedra's orthodox generalities (1819, 41) about Christian princeliness scattered through a hundred empresas?