[LMB] AKICOT: L Queen Isabella

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Tue Sep 24 00:37:50 BST 2013

On Sep 23, 2013, at 4:30 PM, Sylvia McIvers <sylviamcivers at gmail.com> wrote:

> But, having conquered most of hte Iberian penninsula, the royal couple had
> spare moneybags laying around?  Oh look, we can stop paying the soldiers
> and now here's all the money we would have used just looking for a new home!
> Somehow I don't think that's what happens when you stop paying your army
> to fight people.
> And why, after so many monarchs had turned down a chance to fund this
> impossible, insane voyage, would someone suddenly decide that this is just
> what the country's prestige needs?  They hadt just won their laurels by
> conquering all the nearby infidel land and converting everyone to the One
> True Faith.
> So I asked the question wrong - not why did CC have to ask so many monarchs
> for spare change, but why did these 2 agree?

Sometimes it takes money to make money.    This was a case where the ROI (Return on Investment) was much bigger than they imagined - but it had potential to be lucrative.    That said, it was a risky investment that many states couldn't afford to take.

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