" The Catholic Monarchs and the myth of the oldest 'nation' in Europe "
" It was the year 1469 and Ferran and Isabel, princelings to the royal
houses of Catalonia-Aragon and Castile-Leon, were married privately.
Neither pomp nor ceremony. While it is true that Europe was still
crippled by the terrible effects of the plague, it is surprising that
the two alleged crafters of Hispanic union —sacred symbols for
contemporary Spanishness, known as the Catholic Monarchs— should be
hurriedly married in secret. "