On December 13, 1474, Isabel of Trastámara assumed the throne as Queen of Castile. Chroniclers described her solemn procession through the streets of Segovia on horseback, wearing a gown richly ornamented with gold and precious stones. To complement the queen’s commanding display of wealth, a member of her retinue carried a powerful symbol that would come to epitomize her rule: an unsheathed sword. [excerpt]
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Oechler, Christopher C. “The Enemy Outside the Gates: Isabel the Catholic Queen and the Extramural mujer varonil in Tirso de Molina’s Antona García.” In Confined Women: The Walls of Female Space in Inquisitorial Spain, edited by Brian M. Phillips and Emily Colbert Cairns, 146-166. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 2020.
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