Columbus, Christopher b. September 1, 1451 d. May 20, 1506 Explorer. He is credited with discovering America for Europeans in 1492, although at the time, he believed he had discovered a new route to China. He was given the titles Admiral of the Ocean Sea and Viceroy of the Indies. Born Christopher Columbus (Cristobal Colon as he called himself in Spain), the eldest of five children in Genoa, Italy, to Domenico Colombo, a wool weaver and local guildsman, and Susanna Fontanarossa, the daughter of a wool weaver. Although trained to follow in his father'...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Cause of death: Gout Sevilla Cathedral*, Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain *This location is unconfirmed or in dispute.
Guerrero, Francisco b. October, 1528 d. November 8, 1599 Composer. He is considered one of Spain's three outstanding composers of the 16th Century, along with Cristobal de Morales and Tomas Luis de Victoria. Unlike his compatriots he spent nearly all his life in his homeland, and his music has the strongest Spanish influence. Guerrero was born in Seville. He trained as a choirboy at the Seville Cathedral, where he showed outstanding talent, entered the priesthood, and became music director there in 1555. In 1581 he visited Rome and in 1588 he...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Sevilla Cathedral, Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain Plot: Chapel of Nuestra Senora de la Antigua
Lobo, Alonso b. February 25, 1555 d. April 5, 1617 Composer. A leading Spanish musician of the Renaissance, noted for the somber intensity of his sacred compositions. He was highly regarded by his more famous contemporaries, Francisco Guerrero and Tomas Luis de Victoria, and throughout the 17th Century his music was performed in Mexico and Latin America as well as in his homeland. Lobo was born in Osuna, Spain, and attended the university there. After several minor positions he served as Choirmaster of Toledo Cathedral from 1593 to 1603...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Sevilla Cathedral, Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain Plot: Chapel of Nuestra Senora de la Antigua
of Castile, Ferdinand III b. August 5, 1201 d. May 30, 1252 Roman Catholic Saint, Spanish Royalty. Born the eldest son of King Alfonso IX of Leon and his second wife Berenguela I of Castile, he inherited Castile from his uncle Henry I in 1217 and united it after his father's death in 1230 with Leon. He fought for two decades against the Moors and conquered Cordoba, Jaen, Sevilla and Cadiz until the Moors only retained the Kingdom of Granada. He was canonized in 1671 by Pope Clement X for his merits for the Catholic faith. (Bio by: Lutetia) Sevilla Cathedral, Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain
Padilla, Maria De b. 1334 d. July, 1361 Queen of Castile. Wife of Pedro I also known as The Cruel. She was the mother of two girls who married into the royal family of England. Costanza married John of Gaunt and Isabella married Edmund of Langley. Her grandchild Catalina would later sit on the throne of Castile. (Bio by: girlofcelje) Sevilla Cathedral, Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain
Swabia, Beatrix the Younger of b. 1203 d. November 5, 1234 Queen of Castile-Leon. Also known by the names Isabelle and Elisabeth. She was the second youngest daughter of the German King Philipp of Swabia and his wife Irene of Byzantinum. In 1208, shortly before he killed her father, it was considered to marry her to Otto of Wittelsbach. After the death of both of her parents she lived at her sisters, court in Brunswick. On November 30th, 1219 she was married to King Ferdinand III of Castile. The marriage was very happy and she bore him ten children of...[Read More] (Bio by: Lutetia) Sevilla Cathedral, Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain