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Isabella of Castile : Europe's First Great Queen

Author: Giles Tremlett
Publisher: [London] : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1474, a twenty-three year old woman ascended the throne of Castile, the largest and strongest kingdom in Spain. Ahead of her lay the considerable challenge not only of being a young, female ruler in an overwhelmingly male-dominated world, but also of reforming a major European kingdom that was riddled with crime, corruption, and violent political factionism. Her marriage to Ferdinand of Aragon was crucial to her  Read more...
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Tremlett, Giles.
Isabella of Castile.
[London] : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017
(OCoLC)991682461
Named Person: Isabella, Queen of Spain; Isabella, Queen of Spain
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Giles Tremlett
ISBN: 9781408853962 1408853965 9781632865229 163286522X
OCLC Number: 972478491
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; A Note on the Author; Dedication; By the Same Author; Title; Contents; Maps; Family Tree; Introduction: Europeâ#x80;#x99;s First Great Queen; 1 No Man Ever Held Such Power; 2 The Impotent; 3 The Queenâ#x80;#x99;s Daughter; 4 Two Kings, Two Brothers; 5 Bulls; 6 Choosing Ferdinand; 7 Marrying Ferdinand; 8 Rebel Princess; 9 The Borgias; 10 Queen; 11 And King!; 12 Clouds of War; 13 Under Attack; 14 Though I Am Just a Woman; 15 The Turning Point; 16 Degrading the Grandees; 17 Rough Justice; 18 Adiós Beltraneja; 19 The Inquisition â#x80;#x93; Populism and Purity; 20 Crusade. 21 They Smote Us Town by Town22 God Save King Boabdil!; 23 The Tudors; 24 Granada Falls; 25 Handover; 26 Expulsion of the Jews; 27 The Vale of Tears; 28 The Race to Asia; 29 Partying Women; 30 A Hellish Night; 31 A New World; 32 Indians, Parrots and Hammocks; 33 Dividing Up the World; 34 A New Continent; 35 Borgia Weddings; 36 All the Thrones of Europe; 37 Though We Are Clerics â#x80;Œ We Are Still Flesh and Blood; 38 Juanaâ#x80;#x99;s Fleet; 39 Twice Married, But a Virgin When She Died; 40 The Third Knife-Thrust of Pain; 41 The Dirty Tiber; 42 We Germans Call Them Rats. 43 The End of Islam?44 The Sultan of Egypt; 45 Like a Wild Lioness; 46 The Final Judgement; Afterword: A Beam of Glory; Appendix: Monetary Values and Coinage; Notes; Bibliography; Acknowledgements; Index; Plate Section; Copyright.
Responsibility: Giles Tremlett.

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In 1474, a twenty-three year old woman ascended the throne of Castile, the largest and strongest kingdom in Spain. Ahead of her lay the considerable challenge not only of being a young, female ruler in an overwhelmingly male-dominated world, but also of reforming a major European kingdom that was riddled with crime, corruption, and violent political factionism. Her marriage to Ferdinand of Aragon was crucial to her success, bringing together as it did two kingdoms, but it was a royal partnership in which Isabella more than held her own. Her pivotal reign was long and transformative, uniting Spain and setting the stage for its golden era of global dominance. For by the time of her death in 1504, Isabella had laid the foundations not just of modern Spain, but of one of the world's greatest empires. 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, modern state with a powerful, clear-minded, and ambitious monarch at its centre. With authority, insight and flair 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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