I love history. Recently, I have been doing research for a novel set in the 1500’s. Since I want it to be as historically accurate, and the characters as close to their historical counterparts, as possible, I’ve been doing a lot of reading about the monarchs and leaders of the period, from the infamous Pope Borgia to Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain.
The most non-history-buffs know about these figures is condensed down into a handful of specific events such as, “Isabella sponsored Columbus, who ‘discovered’ the New World.” That is true. What you might not know, however, is that Isabella was one of the most tactically intelligent figures in history, and responsible for making Spain the greatest and largest European empire of the period (late 1400s, early 1500s). Continue reading