Queen Isabella I


Now that Isabella and Ferdinand were rulers they set out to achieve some goals.  One was the lessening of the power of the nobles who Isabella had thought had become too powerful.  They created an organization "Santa Hermandad" (Holy Brotherhood) which was a type of permanent military force.  It was paid for by the communities and was intended for the protection of persons and property against the violence of the nobles.  They also re-organized the courts and the administration of justice.  They removed the rights of certain people to make coins.  This made it easier for business because only one type of coin would be used.  They took away some of the lands previously given to the nobles and also destroyed some of their castles which they felt was a menace to public peace. 

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