Other characters likely to play a larger role in the next season are Margaret's husband and later Catherine's foe, King James IV of Scotland , along with further interaction with Ferdinand of Aragon
, Catherine's so-far unseen father.
They say the region has never been a fit with Spain from the moment the Mediterranean naval and trading state was unified with the Iberian powerhouse through the marriage in 1479 of Queen Isabella of Castille and King Ferdinand of Aragon
. Regardless of the historical facts, there's the current political reality: The 7.5 million Catalans make up about 16 per cent of the overall Spanish population, and the region accounts for a little less than a fifth of Spain's annual gross domestic product.
In the early 1400s, a Muslim scholar wrote of al-Andalus' last kingdom, "Is Granada not enclosed between a violent sea and an enemy terrible in arms, both of which press on its people day and night?" The impetus for the conquest of Granada occurred in 1469, when King Ferdinand of Aragon
and Queen Isabella of Castile married.
Her marriage to Ferdinand of Aragon
united two kingdoms, a royal partnership in which Isabella more than held her own.
Inspired by Joan of Arc, she seized control of Castile and Le n in 1474 over her husband Ferdinand of Aragon
, ending a 24-generation struggle between Muslims and Christians and forcing North African invaders back over the Mediterranean sea, while laying the foundation for a unified Spain and negotiating for Spanish control over much of the New World with the aid of Rodrigo Borgia, Pope Alexander VI.
In the 15th century, when King Ferdinand of Aragon
and Queen Isabella of Castile married and united their lands, Catalonia became a part of Spain.
Christopher Columbus sailed west in 1942 with the blessing of Isabella of Castile and her husband Ferdinand of Aragon
and came back with the news of a great land but not the rich East he had predicted.
? The term morris dancing derives from 'Moorish dance', which is believed to have originated in Spain when Ferdinand of Aragon
and Isabella of Castille pushed the Moors out of Spain.