Fernando de Aragón, Isabel de Castilla and the early perception of Turkish danger (1472-1480)
Classical Bulletin, Special Issue 3, 2018; p.18-26
Before accessing the Castilian throne, Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile had very concrete news about the danger represented by the Turks for their domains, the Mediterranean and Christian civilization by the embassy of Cardinal Borja in 1472-1473, during which he published a bull of anti-otoman crusade. Then they followed the information closely by the ambassadors they sent to Rome and by the nuncios stationed in their kingdoms. Therefore, when the siege of Rhodes and the capture of Otranto in 1480 were known, the kings decided to intervene with their help to the hospitable and the kingdom of Naples.