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Last will and testament of Queen Isabella

  • Last will and testament of Queen Isabella. General Archive of Simancas © Ministerio de Cultura

    Last will and testament of Queen Isabella. General Archive of Simancas © Ministerio de Cultura

     
  

Category

Manuscript

Date

1504

Original title

Testamento de Isabel la Católica
General Archive of Simancas
Simancas
Valladolid, Castile-Leon
Valladolid

The experts highlight the far-reaching personal and political impact of this exceptional manuscript, and consider it one of the most important documents of her reign.

After a preamble steeped in religious sentiment, the will demonstrates great critical judgement in its approach to the most important issues of government, which would persist into subsequent reigns: institutional policy, with a mention of the disproportionate growth of official appointments; the administration of justice, with a recommendation to expand the crown's jurisdiction; fiscal policy, where she urges the extension and collection of revenue; the reinforcement of monarchic power; a religious policy based on the defence of the faith; international policy, with particular attention to north Africa and the Indies; and the decisive issue of the succession, designating Juana as her heir, and her husband Ferdinand as governor of the kingdoms.

Details of the work

Dimensions
10 pages

Material
Parchment

  

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