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The king and queen 29 30 JUAN PONCE DE LEÓN King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castile married in secret as teenagers. Their marriage united the two most powerful regions in what would become Spain. imagined that someday Spain might dominate all of Europe. This did not, of course, mean that Spain would actually conquer the other European kingdoms. Rather, Ferdinand and Isabella saw a future A NEW SPAIN AND A NEW WORLD where what Spain wanted came first. They hoped to do this by making the Spanish economy the strongest in all of Europe.
Like other boys in fifteenth-century Spain, young Ponce de León probably had almost no formal education. Maybe he read some philosophy and history with a tutor. He might have studied a little Greek and Latin. That would have been the extent of it. He certainly read the Bible and went to church. Religion was central to people’s lives in early modern Europe. Even if Ponce de León did not always act like a good Christian, he would have respected and feared the church. He never would have dreamed of challenging its authority or teachings.
Europe’s kings, to begin with, depended upon the church for support. Whenever the people would ask why the king was king, the church said that God wanted it that way. If you disobeyed the king or queen, then that was just like disobeying God. In return, the kings and queens ordered their subjects to do what the church said and obey the pope. When a person challenged the power of the church, they really rebelled against the king. Church and state could not be separated. The king and the pope, in the end, occupied the same place in the social order.
Anika Sorenstam: Discover the Life of a Sports Star by David Armentrout