Isabella of Castile

Author: Giles Tremlett

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 163286522X

Category: History

Page: 624

View: 805


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.

Isabella of Castile

Author: Nancy Rubin,Nancy Rubin Stuart

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595320767

Category: Queens

Page: 502

View: 2191


Isabella of Castile

Author: Giles Tremlett

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408853965

Category: History

Page: 624

View: 8529


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.

The Queen's Vow

Author: C W Gortner

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444721011

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 9897


'I am Isabella, Queen of Castile . . .' Isabella was the notorious warrior-queen who, along with her husband Ferdinand, transformed Spain forever. Popular belief has her as a religious fanatic persuaded into the horrific excesses of the Inquisition by her confessor, Torquemada; but C W Gortner paints a picture of her early life, showing us a headstrong, passionate girl who grew into the most powerful queen Spain ever knew and whose vision and imagination allowed Columbus to discover America. THE QUEEN'S VOW is a lavish and compelling novel which reimagines the early years of one of history's most notorious queens in all their passion, treachery and bloodshed.

Isabella of Spain

Author: William Thomas Walsh

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Spain

Page: 515

View: 3548


Called by her people Isabella la Catolica, she was by any standard one of the greatest women of all history. A saint in her own right, she married Ferdinand of Aragon, and they forged modern Spain, cast out the Moslems, discovered the New World by backing Columbus, and established a powerful central government in Spain. This story is so thrilling it reads like a novel. Makes history really come alive. Highly readable and truly great in every respect!

Spain 1474-1700

Author: Colin Pendrill

Publisher: Heinemann

ISBN: 9780435327330

Category: A-level examinations

Page: 308

View: 9993


Containing sample exam questions at both AS and A2 levels, this text shows students what makes a good answer and why it scores high marks. It helps students grasp the difference between a GCSE and an A-level mark in history.

Isabella of Castile

Author: Shirin Yim Bridges

Publisher: Thinking Girl's Treasury of Re

ISBN: 9780984509843

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 24

View: 3105


Brings to life the story of Isabella of Castile, a 15th century Spanish princess whose revolutionary thinking made possible a unified Spain and the discovery of America.

Isabella of Spain: The Last Crusader

Author: William Thomas Walsh

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 1786259923

Category: History

Page: 525

View: 7555


Called by her people Isabella la Catolica, she was by any standard one of the greatest women of all history. A saint in her own right, she married Ferdinand of Aragon, and they forged modern Spain, cast out the Moslems, discovered the New World by backing Columbus, and established a powerful central government in Spain. This story is so thrilling it reads like a novel. Makes history really come alive. Highly readable and truly great in every respect!

Queen Isabel I of Castile

Author: Contributor Barbara Weissberger,Barbara F. Weissberger

Publisher: Tamesis Books

ISBN: 9781855661592

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 270

View: 1781


The Queen who shaped the music, literature, architecture, and painting of late medieval Spain.

Daughters of Spain

Author: Jean Plaidy

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446427137

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 7165


With Spain now united, Ferdinand looked to his daughters to further his ambitions. All too often, Isabella found herself torn between his brilliant plans and her love for her children. During the last years of Isabella's reign it seemed there was a curse on the royal house which struck at the children of the sovereigns. Tragedy followed tragedy - the Infanta Isabella, a broken-hearted widow; Juana, driven to madness by her husband's philandering; and the sorrow of parting with young Catalina, destined to become Katharine of Aragon, wife to Henry VIII and Queen of England ...