Lot 235: Catholic king of Sicily, Aragon, and Castile (1452–1516) who was married to Queen Isabella I, best remembered as the pair that financed Christopher Columbus's 1492 voyage to the New World. LS in Spanish, signed "Yo el Rey," one page, 8 x 10, February 21, 1513. Letter to a deputy general. In part (translated): "We have been informed by the Reverend Bishop of Majorca…that the Convent of Nuns of La Magdalena…and other monasteries which were reformed by the Commissioners of Our Most Holy Father [the Pope]…are highly debauched and in great need of reformation…you shall undertake whatever is necessary." Intersecting folds (one vertical fold passing through a single letter of the signature), foxing to the left edge, and a couple small holes, otherwise fine condition. As the architect of the Spanish Inquisition, the king, also known as 'Ferdinand the Catholic,' enacted strict religious policies during his reign, including the forced conversion of the Muslim population. Superb content representative of Ferdinand's reign.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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