Years before playing Gonzalo Chacón in this series, Ramon Madaula starred as the titular character in Pedro I el Cruel (1989), which chronicled the conflict between King Peter I and his brother Henry - both of them great-great-grandfathers of Isabella I - that resulted in the rise to the throne of the House of Trastamara. See more »
Though set in the late 15th century, ruling monarchs are given the treatment "Majesty" through the series. No monarch, in Spain or elsewhere, received this treatment before 1517, when it was invented by Charles V upon his election as Holy Roman Emperor (Charles had already been treated as "Royal Highness" as King in Spain and though that he deserved something that ranked above that once he was Emperor; other monarchs adopted the treatment for themselves later). See more »
Very good TV series about historical characters as well as intrigue and power-fight in kingdom of the Catholic Kings
This TV series recreates faithfully the historical facts about Isabel I of Castilla (Michelle Jenner) , Fernando II of Aragon (Rodolfo Sancho) and other characters as Cisneros (Eusebio Poncela) , Hernando Talavera (Lluís Soler) , Torquemada as well as essential happenings : Spain unification , America discovery by Colón (Julio Manrique) and Granada conquest . This is the environment in which occurs intrigues , emotions , feats , betrayal and spectacular battles . Many years separate us from the events are to narrate , but the shadows still hide from the public this great historic moment , and the significance of such deeds .¨Isabel¨ TV series is filled with those lights and shadows , gathers such very important known events recreated in the artistic frames , characterized and inspired by the ideas of a new world . The series contributes to historical , artistic and cultural memory of an era , with a look back to the past , offering us an interesting adaptation on important facts . This is an enough budget flick with a very good cast . Michelle Jenner gives a convincing character as sensitive and intelligent Isabel , she is marvelously photographed throughout and gives her big opportunity to really shine . And Rodolfo Sancho is pretty good as astute and womanizer Fernando II . The support cast is frankly good , plenty of familiar faces such as Jorge Bosch as Pope Alejandro VI , Fernando Gillen Cuervo as Fuensalida , Ramon Madaula as Chacon , Úrsula Corberó as Margarita de Austria , Francesc Garrido as Fonseca , Raúl Mérida as Felipe el Hermoso as special mention for Irene Escolar as Juana I De Castilla .
This costumer movie is well based on real events , these are the followings : When her father , John II of Castile , died ; Isabel's half-brother ascended to the throne as Henry IV (Pablo Derqui). When the King's wife , Joan of Portugal (Barbara Lennie) , was about to give birth to their daughter Joanna La Beltraneja , Isabella and her brother Alfonso were summoned to Segovia court to come under the direct supervision of the King . The noblemen, anxious for power , confronted King Henry , demanding that his younger half brother Infante Alfonso be named his successor . The nobles , now in control of Alfonso and claiming that he was the true heir, clashed with Henry's forces in Olmedo ; however , Alfonso died early . Then , the nobles asked Isabella to take his place as champion of the rebellion . Isabella preferred a negotiated settlement to continuing the war . She met with Henry and, at Toros de Guisando, they reached a covenant : the war would stop , Henry would name Isabella his heir-presumptive instead of Joanna, and Isabella would not marry without Henry's consent but he would not be able to force her to marry against her will . Then , Diego Pacheco , the Marquis of Villena (Gines Garcia Millan) , and his followers maintained that Joanna , daughter of Henry IV, was the rightful queen . Shortly after the Marquis made his claim , a longtime supporter of Isabella , the Archbishop of Toledo left court to plot with his great-nephew the Marquis . The Archbishop and Marquis made plans to have the Infanta Joanna marry her uncle ; subsequently King Alfonso V (Daniel Albadalejo) of Portugal invades Castile to claim the throne for themselves . In May 1475, Alfonso and his army crossed into Spain and a long and bloody war for the Castilian succession then took place , such as : battle of Toro and the decisive naval Battle of Guinea . It ended with a Castilian victory on land and a Portuguese victory on the sea . The four separate peace treaties signed at Alcáçovas (1479) reflected that result : Portugal gave up the throne of Castile in favour of Isabella in exchange for a very favourable share of the Atlantic territories disputed with Castile . Later on , Isabella had married Ferdinad of Aragon in 1469 , as their marriage became the basis for the political unification of Spain under their grandson , Holy Roman Emperor Charles V . This meant that the two powerful kingdoms of Castile and Aragon would now stand united . This well-known monarchs governed in domains where the sun never set . Free from inter-Christian war which had helped Granada survive , the kings carried out its conquest . The Granada War was a series of military campaigns between 1482 and 1492 . The aftermath of the war saw the end of coexistence -"live and let live"- between religions In the Iberian peninsula : the Jews were forced to convert to Christianity or be exiled in 1492 , and later on , all of Granada's Muslims were obliged to either convert to Christianity , become slaves, or be exiled . After eight hundred years in which took place a great splendor , in Granada happens a rivalry between Abencerrajes y Zegríes , confrontation among Boabdil (Alex Martínez) , El Zagal (Javier Mora) , Mulay-Hacén (Roberto Enriquez) , her wife Haixa (Alicia Borrachero) , but the Arabs are besieged by the Christian armies . It is really important to highlight the huge significance that the Kingdom of Granada had back then , being conquered by the Catholic Kings , they ensured an united front of Castile and Aragon against this enclave . It ended with the defeat of Granada and its annexation by Castile, ending all Islamic rule on the Iberian peninsula -Al Andalus- , being commanded by Gonzalo Fernández De Cordoba (Sergio Peris-Mencheta) , conqueror of Nápoles and part of Italy in the important battles Ceriñola and Garillano ; battling Charles VIII (Carballo) and Louis XII (Borja Luna) troops . In January 2 , 1492 Muhammad XII -Boabdil- surrendered the Emirate of Granada to the Castilian forces .
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