Isabella of Portugal
(1503-1539)

woman

Died aged c. 36

Isabella of Portugal (24 October 1503 – 1 May 1539), also known as the Empress of the Carnation, was the wife of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor; as such, she was Queen of Spain and Germany, and Lady of the Netherlands, from their marriage on 10 March 1526 and Holy Roman Empress and Queen of Italy from Charles' accession as Emperor on 24 February 1530 until her death in 1539. Isabella was the regent of Spain because of her husband's constant travels through Europe, ensuring that the kingdom remained independent of imperial policies and economically healthy during her lifetime. Her personal motto was aut Caesar aut nihil ('either Caesar or nothing').

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