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Queen of Castile and Aragon


After a too-colorful childhood spent shuttling between her pious mother and her debauched half brother (King Enrique IV), Isabella succeeded to the throne of Castile in her own right. She arranged, against opposition and the threat of imprisonment, to marry her second cousin, Ferdinand of Aragon, thus uniting the two kingdoms into the modern nation of Spain. As queen, she reformed the legal system but persecuted the Jews, and helped direct the reconquest of the Moorish kingdom of Grenada. She financed the expedition of a dubious adventurer who called himself Columbus. 

u2. Which ancient ruler is shown wearing a man's beard in some of her statues?


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