The 10 Most Diabolical Women in History

10. God’s Maid – Isabella of Castile (1451-1504)

Isabella of Castile, patron of Christopher Columbus, is responsible for the 200,000 Spaniards who fled the country for fear of the Inquisition and converting to Catholicism. Those who stayed either faced persecutions, or were executed by the Inquisition. She and her husband, Ferdinand II of Aragon, initiated the unification process of Spain, which eventually became unified under their nephew, Carlos I. As part of the process, Isabella named Tomas de Torquemada as first general Inquisitor. On March 31, 1492, Isabella of Castile issued the Alhambra Decree, forcibly expelling or converting Muslims and Jews to Catholicism. Yet, Catholic writings still refer to Isabella as “God’s Maid.”
10. God’s Maid – Isabella of Castile (1451-1504)