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  1. says:

    Since I knew ueen Isabella was the financier of Columbus a force behind the Spanish Inuisition and the mother of Katherine of Aragon first wife of Henry VIII I thought I would find this book about her interesting but that was an underestimation because Isabella The Warrior ueen turned out to be a treasure trove of fascinating information and stories About Columbus the book has detail than I expected also cov

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    This massive undertaking by Kristin Downey gives context to the fifty three years of ueen Isabella’s life and shares origin stories of people or events we may have heard bits of in our lives but never knew where to find the referencesMonty Python The Monty Python skit of the soldier who first loses a leg the

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    The book's a comedy of errors and stereotypesIn the first chapter I could see what seemed to be some definite Christianist bias and bad type revisionist history Downey lumps nearly 800 years of Muslim rule in Spain under several different dynasties some Arab some Berber as Muslim rule in general isn't what it h

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    When I read European history it's usually English or Church history Between London and Rome the rest of the European continent manages to sneak into the picture uite freuently and to significant extent As a result I have than a passin

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    Finished this book finally Wonderful rich detail about Isabel and the life and times she mastered Isabel is a fascinating if genocid

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    My acuaintance with Spanish history is incidental mostly from Spain being mentioned in biographies and histories of other counties

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    People generally seem to either love or hate this book but my take isn’t firmly in either camp I think that their opinion of the book is wrapped up in their opinion of Isabella herself Was she evil incarnate or sincerely pious and devout I’m still not sure which is most descriptive but her life was definitely fascinating I became interested in ueen Isabella after reading The Constant Princess Philippa Gregory showed

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    Received from firstreadsThis was probably the most enjoyable biographyhistory book that I've read in uite a while From the first page it was very even no stretches of boring where you wait to get back to something interesting Suitable for someone with a particular interest in this area also for the reader with a casual interest I would have given it five stars but I felt there was a tendency to gloss over an

  10. says:

    Truly enjoyable and highly educating at the very least I suspect it to be a little bit biased by modern gender studies as this book is certainly a part of a very popular trend to empower women from the past Perso

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A hostile brother and mercurial husband to seize control of Castile and León Her subseuent feats were legendary She ended a twenty four generation struggle between Muslims and Christians forcing Moorish invaders back over the Mediterranean Sea She laid the foundation for a unified Spain She sponsored Columbus's trip to the Indies and 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 Inuisition that would darken Spain's reputation for ce When I read European history it s usually English or Church history Between London and Rome the rest of the European continent manages to sneak into the picture uite freuently and to significant extent As a result I have than a passing exposure to the histories of other European countries though my knowledge of Spanish history is rather limited and primarily involves England and France and Napoleon So recently on a trip to Barnes and Noble in an effort to supplement my TBR shelf I ran across this book near the bottom shelf and there was nothing above it that struck my interest My knowledge of ueen Isabella is limited to her relationship with the Columbus and his voyage of Discovery So finding nothing else of interest I bought the book in hopes of filling a knowledge voidOne thing about English history that is very annoying is the fact that the nobility in that country seemed to have a lack of imagination when it came to naming their sons In most of English history the male participants use only about a half dozen first names These men are primarily Edwards Henrys Williams Richards Johns Harold or Arthur and that s about it Conseuently they seem never to refer to themselves by their names but by their titles and that is the only way to keep track of who is who Now let s start our introduction to Spanish history and what do I find but that the Spanish have their own little naming tradition to make their history incomprehensible In Spain at the time of Isabella Spanish nobility preferred to name their children after their parents Of course the parents had been named after their parents and so on Isabella s mother was named Isabella and so was her grandmother When Isabella had a daughter what else was she going to be named but Isabella There were also some Juans Juanas Joaos etc just to keep the reader on hisher toes Maddening but not impossible to follow if you read slow and carefully So my limited gripe is out of the way so how was the book uite good actuallyTo begin with I picked up an interesting bit of trivia from reading this history concerning the game of chess Chess was certainly in existence long before Isabella However around 1495 the rules were rewritten and a new version of the game called ueen s Chess came into being This is the game we are all familiar with in which the ueen is dominant piece on the board and whose duty is to protect the king This new version of chess is attributed to the reign of Isabella and after reading this book I don t know why Isabella wasted her time on Ferdinand let alone protected him After Isabella died the king displayed his true colors much to the displeasure of the Spanish nobility and people Aside from learning this little gem about chess there is a great deal to be learned from this biography about Isabella Ferdinand the Inuisition the discovery of the New World and the conseuences of the discovery of course Columbus is featured as is Pope Alexander VI and Isabella and Spain s influence on the world at that time and in the present is uite remarkable and to think she accomplished what she did in a time when women were generally regarded as little better than children or incompetents is astonishing Isabella would certainly seem to be the precursor to Elizabeth I Catherine the Great and Victoria and deservedly so This was definitely a biography worth reading Dangerous Melody (Treasure Seekers you read slow and carefully So my limited gripe is out of the way so how was the book uite good actuallyTo begin with I picked up an interesting bit of trivia from reading this history concerning the game of chess Chess was certainly in existence long before Isabella However around 1495 the rules were rewritten and a new version of the game called ueen s Chess came into being This is the game we are all familiar with in which the ueen is dominant piece on the board and whose duty is to protect the king This new version of chess is attributed to the reign of Isabella and after reading this book I don t know why Isabella wasted her time on Ferdinand let alone protected him After Isabella died the king displayed his true colors much to the displeasure of the Spanish nobility and people Aside from learning this little gem about chess there is a great deal to be learned from this biography about Isabella Ferdinand the Inuisition the discovery of the New World and the conseuences of the discovery of course Columbus is featured as is Pope Alexander VI and Isabella and Spain s influence on the world at that time and in the present is uite remarkable and to think she accomplished what she did in a time when women were generally regarded as little better than children or incompetents is astonishing Isabella would certainly seem to be the precursor to Elizabeth I Catherine the Great and Victoria and deservedly so This was definitely a biography worth reading

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Nturies Whether saintly or satanic no female leader has done to shape our modern world where 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 Using new scholarship Downey's luminous biography tells the story of this brilliant fervent forgotten woman the faith that propelled her through life and the land of ancient conflicts and intrigue she brought under her comma Received from firstreadsThis was probably the most enjoyable biographyhistory book that I ve read in uite a while From the first page it was very even no stretches of boring where you wait to get back to something interesting Suitable for someone with a particular interest in this area also for the reader with a casual interest I would have given it five stars but I felt there was a tendency to gloss over and justify the Spanish Inuisition even going so far as to kind of imply that some people were asking for it That s how it came across to me Secret Agent Minister and Deadly Texas Rose years of misreporting that often attributed her accomplishments to Ferdinand the bold and philandering husband she adored Using new scholarship Downey's luminous biography tells the story of this brilliant fervent forgotten woman the faith that propelled her through life and the land of ancient conflicts and intrigue she brought under her comma Received from firstreadsThis was probably the most enjoyable biographyhistory book that I ve read in uite a while From the first page it was very even no stretches of boring where Dangerous Melody (Treasure Seekers you wait to get back to something interesting Suitable for someone with a particular interest in this area also for the reader with a casual interest I would have given it five stars but I felt there was a tendency to gloss over and justify the Spanish Inuisition even going so far as to kind of imply that some people were asking for it That s how it came across to me

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An engrossing and revolutionary biography of Isabella of Castile the controversial ueen of Spain who sponsored Christopher Columbus's journey to the New World established the Spanish Inuisition and became one of the most influential female rulers in historyBorn 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 a devout young woman who unified her people and led them to victory against foreign invaders In 1474 when most women were almost powerless twenty three year old Isabella defied Since I knew ueen Isabella was the financier of Columbus a force behind the Spanish Inuisition and the mother of Katherine of Aragon first wife of Henry VIII I thought I would find this book about her interesting but that was an underestimation because Isabella The Warrior ueen turned out to be a treasure trove of fascinating information and stories About Columbus the book has detail than I expected also covering early European interactions with various groups of Native Americans About the Inuisition the book gives religious context and history that were unfamiliar to me and after reading about Catherine of Aragon s early life I have a greater understanding of and appreciation for her as a woman of strength and principle Also woven into the narrative is information about the lives and historical impacts of Isabella s other children the balance of power in Isabella s relationship with her husband Ferdinand according to this account she was the one who was eual and fairly extensive background histories of European royal families and their politics Islam s presence on the Iberian Peninsula the evolving role of the papacy and the nature and progress of the Ottoman Empire Isabella was a much stronger monarch than I realized but she s humanized here and I ended up liking her which wasn t something I expected Author Kirstin Downey has taken obvious care to be fair and respectful to all parties in Isabella s story and without doing a lot of undocumented speculation about her subjects inner feelings her book is written in a vivid engaging style that had me hooked from its opening chapter I kept finding myself rushing back to its pages the way you do when reading a gripping novel I received an advanced review copy of this book Review opinions are mine