Books into Movies. Queen Isabella and the Art of Christopher Columbus. A Review by Dewey Edward Chester.
Isabella of Castile was the powerful Queen of Spain, as Europe passed from the Late Middle Ages into the Renaissance. She was twenty-two and already favored jewels and beautiful gowns, which she wore throughout her life.
Isabella had beautiful blue eyes, chestnut hair, and was the richest woman in the world. With the future of her Crown at stake, she fell in love with the Art of Christopher Columbus.
She invited him for an interview, where he glowed with his subject. The lands he would discover were painted from memory. He spoke of wealth to be acquired —– silver and gold. He referred to Paganism and vowed to recover the Holy Sepulcher.
This vow touched the Queen; it delighted her imagination. It was different than ordinary ambition. She moved into flights of thought —– millions of children could be brought into the Church.
What Christopher vowed was more than possibility. Isabella possessed his nature; to discourage him was a crime.
Her Advisers considered him weak, but Isabella felt a gleam for this strange Italian man. She appreciated his theories, and opened herself to the value of maritime journey.
Ideas impose themselves as duties, upon great minds. Discovering a New World could only be accomplished by an Artist.
Isabella was clear-sighted, under the effect of her husband, King Ferdinand. She asserted her independence —– “The Voyage shall begin!” she cried out to him, “I pledge my Crown Jewels!”
Never had a woman been so great. Isabel of Castile was Patron of a New World. She encouraged an Artist to sail into the sun.