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Isabel the Queen: Life and Times by Peggy K.…

Isabel the Queen: Life and Times (edition 1992)

by Peggy K. Liss (Author)

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Queen Isabel of Castile is perhaps best known for her patronage of Christopher Columbus and for the religious zeal that led to the Spanish Inquisition, the waging of holy war, and the expulsion of Jews and Muslims across the Iberian peninsula. In this sweeping biography, newly revised and annotated to coincide with the five-hundredth anniversary of Isabel's death, Peggy K. Liss draws upon a rich array of sources to untangle the facts, legends, and fiercely held opinions about this influential queen and her decisive role in the tumultuous politics of early modern Spain. Isabel the Queen reveals a monarch who was a woman of ruthless determination and strong religious beliefs, a devoted wife and mother, and a formidable leader. As Liss shows, Isabel's piety and political ambition motivated her throughout her life, from her earliest struggles to claim her crown to her secret marriage to King Fernando of Aragón, a union that brought success in civil war, consolidated Christian hegemony over the Iberian peninsula, and set the stage for Spain to become a world empire.… (more)
Title:Isabel the Queen: Life and Times
Authors:Peggy K. Liss (Author)
Info:Oxford University Press (1992), Edition: 1st, 424 pages
Collections:Your library, Books
Tags:Books, American Writer, American Nonfiction, Nonfiction, History, History of Spain, Imperial Spain

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An excellent biography of a pivotal Spanish queen. The author explores Isabel's childhood, ascent to the throne of Castile, and the various policies she pursued as queen, such as the Reconquista, the Inquisition, and funding Columbus's explorations. The personality of Isabel which emerges does not appear to have been pleasant, as Liss explains that Isabel viewed vengeance as justified and including Jewish expulsion from neighboring realms in the marriage negotiations of her children. Leaving little untouched, Liss makes a good case for Isabel's personal influence as a monarch and lasting influence on her descendants. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Apr 8, 2014 |
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