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Ferdinand (II, King of Aragon 1479-1516) (b.1452 - d.1516)
+Isabella (of Castile) (b.1451 - d.1504) =Isabella (Queen of Portugal) (b.1470 - d.1498) =Maria (Queen of Portugal) =John (Prince of Asturias) ( - d.1497) =Catherine (of Aragon) (b.1485 - d.1536) | +Arthur (Prince of Wales) (b.1486 - d.1502) | +Henry (VIII, King of England 1509-1547) (b.1491 - d.1547) | =Mary (I, Queen of England 1553-1558, Bloody Mary, Mary Tudor) (b.1516 - d.1558) | +Philip (II, King of Spain 1556-1598) (b.1527 - d.1598) =Joanna (of Castile, The Mad)
The eighteen-year-old Isabella, heir to the King of Castile married her cousin Ferdinand, the heir to the King of Aragon. Ferdinand was seventeen.
Christopher Columbus signed an agreement with Ferdinand and Isabella, the King and Queen of Spain, He specified that he should be given ten percent of any materials that he found on his explorations, for example spices, gems, gold and silver. He also specified that he would fund one eighth of the expedition if in return he received an eighth of the profits. He also wanted to be made Viceroy of all lands that he discovered.
At Venice it was decided to put a force together to remove King Charles of France from Italy. It was signed by the Pope, Ferdinand of Aragon, Maximilian the Holy Roman Emperor, the Ruler of Milan and also had the backing of Venice itself.
When Isabella of Castile died many of her children were also dead. The rule of Castile passed to Joanna her eldest surviving daughter. But Joanna's mental state was in question and Isabella had stated in her will that Ferdinand her husband would act a regent if Joanna was unable to rule.
Pope Julius II gave permission for the marriage between Catherine of Aragon and Henry VIII. The legality of the marriage was in question because Catherine had been married to Henry's elder brother Arthur.