With his wife, Isabella I of Castile, Ferdinand of Aragon united Spain and funded the conquest of the New World. Ruling from 1475 to 1516, Ferdinand domestically pursued a centralizing policy and developed a foreign policy that centered on conquest and the containment of rival powers, such as France. Machiavelli praises Ferdinand's prowess and his ability to maintain an "outstanding" reputation.
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...striking demonstrations of [a prince's] personal abilities." As a modern exemplar, Machiavelli notes Spanish king Ferdinand of Aragon , whom he regards as a new prince. Among his "unparalleled" achievements, Machiavelli references Ferdinand's... (full context)