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A United Spain?[edit]

Although the unions of the two monarchs help establish some ties between Castile and Aragon, I do not think that Spain was necessarily united by the marriage of Isabella and Ferdinand. Castile and Aragon were still very much independent from one another, due to the social and cultural devisions that existed between the two regions. Ferdinand still had certain powers over Aragon that Isabella did not necessarily have, at the same time Isabella had certain exclusive powers over Castile. Another example includes the funding of Christopher Columbus which was largely sponsored solely by Isabella and Castile. Laws between the two regions also differed. Would it make sense to reorganize the article based on these facts or at least acknowledge that this argument exists throughout the article? Alexion (talk)

The two kingdoms of Castile and Aragon were obviously not united by this union and mostly they still functioned separately. This time was considered to be a consolidation of power though. Although there was no true "Spain" yet, all of the building blocks were there to make it happen. This of course did not occur until several generations later, but by uniting the two crowns it laid the groundwork for other kings to follow in their footsteps. I think that it would be wrong to consider this a time of a united Spain, but to say that it was a time of more Spanish unity would definitely be true. I think that this argument is very valid and should be included in the article, because its incorrect to say that the kingdoms were truly united by Isabella and Ferdinand’s marriage. Voitik2 (talk) 00:40, 16 April 2011 (UTC)

Fernando wasn't even able to inherit the Castilian crown upon the death of Isabella.Optymystic (talk) 19:30, 6 December 2015 (UTC)


I think this article could be greatly expanded. I'm going to check out the Spanish version that has attained feature status and see what I can get. I would also encourage anyone with advanced or fluent skills in that language to do the same. My comprehension of the language is moderate at best. Youngamerican 03:58, 12 November 2005 (UTC)

I think this article really should make mention of their involvement in creating the Spanish Inquisition. SaltyBoatr 17:31, 27 April 2007 (UTC)

I think this article is redundant. It is based on an almost unheard of euphemism for people who already have adequate articles. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:16, 11 October 2007 (UTC)

I don't think that this article is redundant. Catholic Monarchs or "los Reyes Católicos" is a wellknown historic term which should not be missing in wikipedia. Also the marriage and hence the unification of their kingdoms is marking the beginning of modern Spain. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:13, 11 October 2007 (UTC)

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I have updated this page to include sections and added the image of Christopher Columbus. This article seems like it could still be expanded, especially in citations. DemonicInfluence (talk) 19:25, 29 December 2009 (UTC)

Inquisition section[edit]

The section on the Inquisition is too apologist. The story of a Jew stealing the host sounds like anti-semitic propaganda, and saying this was an inspiration for a "policy initiative" makes it sound like the Inquistion was a natural and reasonable response to this incident. If some legitimate, modern scholars argue that the Inquisition was a reasonable policy initiative, then their view can be presented, but right now the article only only presents this minority view.--Bkwillwm (talk) 05:42, 27 June 2010 (UTC)

Completely rewritten. Pol098 (talk) 12:22, 12 November 2010 (UTC)

"Kings" or "Monarchs"?[edit]

It is fairly common to see Fernando and Isabella called the "Catholic Kings". This is actually a mistranslation of the Spanish term "reyes católicos". "Reyes Católicos" is literally "Catholic Kings" rather than "Monarchs", and is sometimes so rendered in English; but in Spanish it is usual for the masculine plural to be used in an essentially gender-indifferent way, so for example it is usual in Spanish to call the children of a person or couple "hijos", literally sons, regardless of actual gender. In Spanish it is quite normal to say what would translate literally as "I have two sons, Mary and John"; in English "son" and "king" are always gender-specific, so the Spanish needs to be converted to a gender-neutral form, e.g., "children" and "monarchs". This is a simple issue of translation. I have added a footnote to this effect, and edited "Catholic Kings" to "Catholic Monarchs" in many articles. In some contexts "Catholic King and Queen" might be better? Pol098 (talk) 15:28, 11 November 2010 (UTC)

"Monarchs" doesn't really make sense, either, since there were two of them, after all (making this a coregency and not a monarchy per se). This is just a situation where the meaning of the Spanish term doesn't translate perfectly into English (if "monarchs" had been proper, the original term would be the word "monarcas"). While "Kings" sounds unusual to English ears, that's simply because of the gender differences in the two languages, as you note. However, within the feudal context of the era, I can't help but think it's the proper term to use. Tmrobertson (talk) 09:17, 24 February 2011 (UTC)

I second that. 'Monarchs' - meaning 'rule by one' - is wrong, and the traditional moniker for Ferdinand and Isabella are 'The Catholic Kings', weird as it may sound. //roger.duprat.copenhagen —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:46, 9 May 2011 (UTC)

Help! This is a dreadful title. Surely Ferdinand and Isabella is a lot better. PatGallacher (talk) 20:45, 22 September 2011 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

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The result of the move request was: already moved to Ferdinand and Isabella. Favonian (talk) 11:09, 1 October 2011 (UTC)

Catholic MonarchsFerdinand and Isabella – This is how they are usually known, the current title may have some currency but to most readers would just sugget all Catholic monarchs in history. PatGallacher (talk) 10:04, 24 September 2011 (UTC)

  • Support. I think this is the far more common way of referring to this. Good Ol’factory (talk) 08:18, 30 September 2011 (UTC)

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Domestic Policy[edit]

The fact that the court moved around from time to time is cited as evidence that this state was pre-modern. The Elizabethan court moved around England fifty years later. Was that pre-modern also? Optymystic (talk) 15:30, 11 November 2015 (UTC)