The Reconquest was complete; the New World discovered; the Inquisition firmly established; and Isabella's children were reaching marriageable age.
Ferdinand, for ever avaricious, sought to make advantageous alliances. Ye Isabella, the fond mothers, was torn between love for her children and the needs of Spain. Prospects could not have geen brighter, but tragedies followed one on another, so that it was said there was a curse on the Royal House which struck at the chidren of the Sovereigns.
This is the story of the last years of Isabella's reign. here are the ambitious Ferdinand, resentful of his wife's supremacy, and the great Cardinal Ximenes, fanatical monk and statesman. Here are teh daughters of the Sovereigns: Isabella, the tragic widow; Juana, whose madness is aggravated by her handsome, philandering husband; mild Maria; and Catalina, leaving all that she loves so dearly in Spain to become Katharine of Aragon, Queen of England.