In this class, we analyse, investigate and marvel at the life and times of this Gothic warrior Queen of Castile, Isabella I.
She was the driving force of 15th-century Spanish culture and politics. Also known as Isabel la Católica, a title granted to her by Pope Alexander VI, Isabella reorganized the governmental system, brought the crime rate to the lowest it had been in years, unburdened the kingdom of its enormous debt, completed the "Reconquista" by taking the rest of Spain for the Spanish crown, ordered the conversion or exile of Muslim and Jewish citizens, and financially supported Christopher Columbus's in his 1492 voyage that led to the opening of the New World establishing Spain as the first global superpower, which dominated Europe and much of the world for more than a century.
"So much enjoyed this presentation about Queen Isabella with a new theme: one historical figure illustrated and coming 'alive' by paintings, architecture, revivals and stories, stories, stories from current research and traditional history books. Brilliant. Fascinating and, as always, most pleasantly presented by Karla, who has a unique style of teaching. She is a down to earth presenter and a walking encyclopedia."
***** Trudi van Dorp, Benitachell
"Karla has a knack of grabbing your attention from the off. This lecture on Isabella was no different. Delivered with a rich tapestry of anecdotes and knowledge that comes with a wealth of experience. Without realising it, I found that I was soaking up history like it was blotting paper. Much more interesting than my school lessons. Karla's teaching style is Informative and fun. "
Well done Karla.
***** Helen Baxter - Benitachell