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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

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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

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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. 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 has been cracked up to be as in hint hint Muslim Spain was badShe then connects this to wanting to make Isabella out to be a Joan of Arc with ruling powers So the position of women in Muslim Spain has to be called worse than in Christian Spain even though this varied across nearly 800 years tooAnd Muslims going on slave raids just to find Christian women to polygamously breed has to be stressed too It almost sounds racist and also ignores that before the Reconuista was complete Spain had joined Portugal in slaving in Africa and impregnating Africans if not marrying themBack to the Joan of Arc ness It s not enough for Downey to rightly have Isabella as much or than Ferdinand as the driving force behind the Reconuista and certainly the only one of the two to favor ColumbusNo she has to be puffed up as the leader of the Christian response to the Ottoman Turks who were nowhere near a threat to Spain at this time and in this period would not face a semi united Christian opposition until Lepanto long after Isabella was dead and not lead by Spain And Lepanto wasn t a final check on Ottoman power anywayBut wait it gets worseDowney apparently never mentions in the whole book that Isabella had conversomarrano heritage As did Ferdinand Gee don t you think this was worth of mentionBut the topper The guaranteed earning of a 1 star ratingIn the next chapter Downey claims that Enriue Isabella s older half brother Enriue had ocelots among the animals in his menagerieSince ocelots are only native to the New World and this was pre Columbus that s flatly impossibleAnd if you re going to make that big of a gaffe less than 100 pages into an already problematic book ain t no way you re getting off the 1 star schneid in my world


10 thoughts on “Isabella

  1. says:

    Since I knew ueen Isabella was the financier of Columbus a force behind the Spanish Inuisition and the mother of Katherine

  2. says:

    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 then

  3. says:

    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 has been cracked up to

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  5. says:

    When I read European history it's usually English or Church history Between London and Rome the rest of the European continent manages to sne

  6. says:

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

  7. says:

    My acuaintance with Spanish history is incidental mostly from Spain being mentioned in biographies and histories of other counties or Europe in general Author Kirsten Downey helped me to put all the fragments for this short period that I've gleaned together Now I understand Catherine of Aragon's long wait for her second m

  8. says:

    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 G

  9. says:

    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 in

  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 Personally I think it is much needed to overturn the concept of world ruled solely by men and restore full meaning

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