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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In three very different studies of cities and regions under foreign rule, David Abulafia situates Ferdinand the Catholic's conquest of Naples in the context of longer-term Aragonese interests and priorities, while Letitizia Arcangeli examines what citizenship meant under the various regimes that governed Milan.
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. But Naples and mainland southern Italy was not part of his patrimony; it had been won after hard fighting, and became the centre of Alfonso's ambitious operations in Italy.