Most outstanding leaders of the 15th century

Dec 2015
3,610
USA
#61
Christopher Columbus comes to my mind. He was a leader in the sense of being a leading explorer of the world. Columbus was also into different cultures, writing of the Taino People he encountered in the so called New world as the most outstanding people of the world.
 

martin76

Ad Honorem
Dec 2014
6,344
Spain
#62
And that Castile just retained the Canaries in the Atlantic fachade of Africa was the result of the outcome of the war. In the Iberian Peninsula, in spite of the Portuguese victory at Toro, the cause of Juana and Alfonso V was lost.

However, in the ocean the Portuguese navy defeated all the Castilian attempts to seize African possesions. The Portuguese navy overpowered the Castilian in every front, excepting the Canaries (and even there, the Portuguese ships roamed freely). So the Spanish were effectively pushed away from the eastern Atlantic (forever).

That's why the Catholic Monarchs supported Columbus: he offered a way to future expansion, free from the Portuguese
Are you talking about 15th Century or 16th Century?
 
Nov 2010
7,594
Cornwall
#63
And that Castile just retained the Canaries in the Atlantic fachade of Africa was the result of the outcome of the war. In the Iberian Peninsula, in spite of the Portuguese victory at Toro, the cause of Juana and Alfonso V was lost.

However, in the ocean the Portuguese navy defeated all the Castilian attempts to seize African possesions. The Portuguese navy overpowered the Castilian in every front, excepting the Canaries (and even there, the Portuguese ships roamed freely). So the Spanish were effectively pushed away from the eastern Atlantic (forever).

That's why the Catholic Monarchs supported Columbus: he offered a way to future expansion, free from the Portuguese
I don't think it's practical to compare the turbulent and hang-by-a-thread politics of Iberia during the accession of Isobel la Catolica with the established power of Fernando and Isobel by, lets say, 1491.

Besides Tenerife wasn't conquered until 1495, despite Fernando de Lugo's catastrophic defeat to the Guanches the previous year. From Toro to Granada was a whole universe of power and politics.

Just lucky Brazil turned out to be on the eastern side of the line!!!
 
Oct 2009
412
Behind a screen
#64
Isabella and Ferdinand, not just for their impact on history as we view it, but they held great prestige in their own time as well.
Henry V as a military leader.
Interestingly enough, Henry IV would have probably been known as legendary knight-adventurer if fate and Richard didn't move him towards usurpation.

Was he more accomplished than his father was, though?
I would definitely call him more competent than his father, yes.
I know the Hundred Years War ended during the reign of Charles VII, but the successes were often in spite of him more than because of him.
Yolanda of Aragon should be on this list for powerbroking during his reign and playing a large role behind the scene. If not for her, the Armagnac cause would have been deader than the Crusades before Joan could even walk out of Domremy.

Louis XI made some mistakes (like walking into Peronne and right into the power of the volatile Charles of Burgundy), but overall he played the long game and strengthened France against many powerful threads.
 
Mar 2019
23
Amsterdam
#65
I would say in Europe there are 3!

Ferdinand and Isabella - Who by marriage has united 2 kingdoms. Spain and Portugal. And set up the foundation for the future expansion of the Empire of Spain. Their influence was global as they were the ones that supported Columbus for its Voyages.

Henry VII of England - probably the most well-known monarch in the English speaking world. Mainly for his 6 wives. He was the man who oversaw the English Reformation, engaged in wars and crusades, built a humongous navy and promoted the position of the monarch to the head of the nation. He is both loved and hated to this day!

I think there are no 3 greater leaders than these two!
 
Nov 2010
7,594
Cornwall
#66
Ferdinand and Isabella - Who by marriage has united 2 kingdoms. Spain and Portugal. And set up the foundation for the future expansion of the Empire of Spain. Their influence was global as they were the ones that supported Columbus for its Voyages.

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You probably realise now it was technically Castille and Aragon united, but they also dragged in other places like far-flung Aragonese possessions, Kingdom of Granada, eventually Navarra etc. Portugal came under this umbrella 1580-1640 I think.

But no one would doubt their greatness - even those who don't realise what an unholy inter-warring mess 'Spain' was prior to their reigns.
 
Mar 2016
1,116
Australia
#67
Henry VII of England - probably the most well-known monarch in the English speaking world. Mainly for his 6 wives. He was the man who oversaw the English Reformation, engaged in wars and crusades, built a humongous navy and promoted the position of the monarch to the head of the nation. He is both loved and hated to this day!
I think you're confusing Henry VII with his more well-known and infamous son Henry VIII, who was also not a 15th century leader, his reign extending from 1509 to 1547.
 
Sep 2016
1,127
Georgia
#68
Henry VII of England - probably the most well-known monarch in the English speaking world. Mainly for his 6 wives. He was the man who oversaw the English Reformation, engaged in wars and crusades, built a humongous navy and promoted the position of the monarch to the head of the nation. He is both loved and hated to this day!
You've made a mistake. It was Henry VIII, not Henry VII. Not to mention, that Henry VIII and English Reformation happened in 16th century. Henry VII ( his father ) achieved victory in War of the Roses and defeated Richard III. Then Henry married Elizabeth of York. His daughter Margaret Tudor ( sister of Henry VIII ) married James IV of Scotland and became great-grandmother to a future King of England, Scotland and Ireland - James I Stuart ( James VI in Scotland ).

Henry VIII was the King of England and Ireland in 1509 - 1547. He was ,, Lord of Ireland '' before 1542 and then became ,, King of Ireland '' after the Crown of Ireland Act in 1542. He also styled himself as King of France, as did all English monarchs between 1420 and 1800.
 
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Maki

Ad Honorem
Jan 2017
2,868
Republika Srpska
#69
Skenderbeg Kastrioti, an Albanian-Serb leader that opposed the Ottomans and managed to inflict several important defeats upon them. In fact, they never managed to take his stronghold of Kruje during his lifetime. He became a European hero for his victories.
 

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