Isabella of Castile: Europe's First Great Queen

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, 07‏/03‏/2017 - 624 من الصفحات
A major biography of the queen who transformed Spain into a principal global power, and sponsored the voyage that would open the New World.

In 1474, when Castile was the largest, strongest, and most populous kingdom in Hispania (present day Spain and Portugal), a twenty-three-year-old woman named Isabella ascended the throne. At a time when successful queens regnant were few and far between, Isabella faced not only the considerable challenge of being a young, female ruler in an overwhelmingly male-dominated world, but also of reforming a major European kingdom riddled with crime, debt, corruption, and religious factionism. Her marriage to Ferdinand of Aragon united two kingdoms, a royal partnership in which Isabella more than held her own. Their pivotal reign was long and transformative, uniting Spain and setting the stage for its golden era of global dominance.

Acclaimed historian Giles Tremlett chronicles the life of Isabella of Castile as she led her country out of the murky Middle Ages and harnessed the newest ideas and tools of the early Renaissance to turn her ill-disciplined, quarrelsome nation into a sharper, truly modern state with a powerful, clear-minded, and ambitious monarch at its center. With authority and insight he relates the story of this legendary, if controversial, first initiate in a small club of great European queens that includes Elizabeth I of England, Russia's Catherine the Great, and Britain's Queen Victoria.

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Isabella of Castile: Europe's First Great Queen

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Tremlett (Catherine of Aragon), Madrid correspondent for the Economist, reveals how decades of ineffective rulers led the Crown of Castile to land on the unlikely head of Isabella (1451–1504), who ... قراءة التقييم بأكمله

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Expulsion of the Jews
The Vale of Tears
The Race to Asia
Partying Women
A Hellish Night
A New World
Indians Parrots and Hammocks
Dividing Up the World

Rebel Princess
The Borgias
Queen
And King
Clouds of
Under Attack
Though I Am Just a Woman
The Turning Point
Degrading the Grandees
Rough Justice
Adiós Beltraneja
The Inquisition Populism and Purity
Crusade
They Smote Us Town by Town
God Save King Boabdil
The Tudors
Granada Falls
Handover
A New Continent
Borgia Weddings
All the Thrones of Europe
Though We Are Clerics We Are Still Flesh and Blood 38 Juanas Fleet
Twice Married But a Virgin When She Died
The Third KnifeThrust of Pain
The Dirty Tiber
We Germans Call Them Rats
The End of Islam?
The Sultan of Egypt
Like a Wild Lioness
The Final Judgement
A Beam of Glory
Monetary Values and Coinage
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgements
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Giles Tremlett is the Madrid correspondent for the Economist. He covered Spain for the Guardian, for which he is now a contributing editor. He has lived in, and written about, Spain for the past twenty years, and is the author of Catherine of Aragon: The Spanish Queen of Henry VIII and Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through Spain and Its Silent Past. He lives in Madrid with his wife and their two children.

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