ISABELLA: The Warrior Queen


ISABELLA: The Warrior Queen

KIRSTIN DOWNEY    Book Number: 82614    Product format: Hardback

An engrossing new portrait of one of the most fascinating and controversial women who have ever lived. Queen Isabella set the stage for modern Europe and America. Using Muslim, Jewish and Christian sources, Kirstin Downey's gripping biography makes medieval history read like a modern-day thriller in this graceful and insightful biography. Hers is an engrossing and revolutionary biography of Isabella of Castile, the controversial Queen of Spain who sponsored Christopher Columbus's journey to the New World, established the Spanish Inquisition, and became one of the most influential female rulers in history. Born at a time when Christianity was dying out and the Ottoman Empire was aggressively expanding, Isabella was inspired in her youth by tales of Joan of Arc. In 1474, 23 year old Isabella defied a hostile brother and a mercurial husband to seize control of Castile and León. She ended a 24 generation struggle between Muslims and Christians, forcing North African invaders back over the Mediterranean Sea. She laid the foundation for a unified Spain, negotiated Spanish control over much of the New World with the help of Rodrigo Borgia, the infamous Pope Alexander VI. She also annihilated all who stood against her by establishing a bloody religious Inquisition that would darken Spain's reputation for centuries. Saintly or satanic, no female leader has done more to shape the modern world in which millions of people in two hemispheres speak Spanish and practice Catholicism. Yet history has all but forgotten Isabella's influence due to hundreds of years of misreporting that often attributed her accomplishments to Ferdinand, the bold and philandering husband she adored. With desirable deckle edge pages, 520pp in US import with small remainder mark and 16 pages of colour plates. Paperback sells at £15.99. Hardback.
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ISBN 9780385534116
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