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Spain in 1474

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Spain – Ferdinand and Isabella, 1474-1516

In this course, Dr John Edwards (University of Oxford) explores the reigns of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile, jointly known as the Catholic Monarchs, or simply 'Ferdinand and Isabella'. We begin by providing a broad overview of Spanish history from the Roman period to the mid-15th century. In the second module, we think about Isabella's accession to the throne in 1474, her defeat of Juana la Beltraneja in 1475-79, and the consolidation of her rule from the 1480s onwards, before turning in the third module to the Granada War (1482-92) and the completion of the Christian reconquest of Spain. In the fourth module, we think about the religious character of Ferdinand and Isabella's rule, particularly with regards to the relationship between Christians, Muslims and Jews, before moving on in the fifth module to explore the emergence of Spain first as a European and then as a world power in the later fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Finally, in the six module, we provide a broader assessment of Ferdinand and Isabella's reign: should we see the Catholic Monarchs as laying the foundations for the Spanish Golden Age or a period of violence, warfare, and religious persecution?

Spain in 1474

In this module, we provide a broad introduction to the history of Spain up to the mid-15th century, tracing the development of region from its period under the Roman, Visigothic and Umayyad Empires. We also think briefly about the concept of convivencia ('co-existence') between the Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities, whose interactions characterise much of this period.

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Edwards, J. (2018, August 15). Spain – Ferdinand and Isabella, 1474-1516 - Spain in 1474 [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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Edwards, J. "Spain – Ferdinand and Isabella, 1474-1516 – Spain in 1474." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018,


Dr John Edwards

Dr John Edwards

University of Oxford