Royal Manuscript Signed by Isabella I, Queen of Castile

Collection ID





June 16, 1500




Old Spanish


Ink on Paper


12 × 16.75 in. (30.5 × 42.5 cm)

Exhibit Location

Not on View

Written on June 16, 1500, this manuscript orders Sancho de Paredes, the Queen’s chamberlain, to pay for the shearing and making of clothing for the Moors (Muslims) who became Christians. Queen Isabella I was married to King Ferdinand II of Aragon, and together they funded Christopher Columbus’s 1492 voyage, established the Spanish Inquisition, and issued the Alhambra Decree in 1492. This decree forced Jews and Muslims to either convert to Christianity or flee. This manuscript lists the vendors and materials to use for clothing for those who converted to Christianity. Queen Isabella I signed the manuscript, “Yo la Reyna,” and it contains her rubric or mark. The Queen’s secretary, Gasper Ochoa de Isasaga, also signed the document. An English translation is available upon request.

Created on June 16, 1500, by Gasper Ochoa de Isasaga, and signed by Isabella I, Queen of Castile, Spain.[1] Acquired by an unknown owner; Purchased at auction in 2010 by Gene Albert Jr., Hagerstown, Maryland;[2] Purchased in 2014 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Donated in 2017 to National Christian Foundation (later The Signatry), under the curatorial care of Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] The manuscript is dated and signed by Isabella I and her secretary, Gasper Ochoa de Isasaga. [2] Gene Albert Jr. purchased this from Alexander Historical Auctions. It is not clear who the owner was before this. No additional information is available at this time. Alexander Historical Auctions, Alexander Historical Part II, January 21, 2010, Lot 581.

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