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by Peggy K. Liss

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.

Download Isabel the Queen: Life and Times (The Middle Ages Series) epub
ISBN: 0812218973
ISBN13: 978-0812218978
Category: Biographies
Subcategory: Historical
Author: Peggy K. Liss
Language: English
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press; Second edition (December 20, 2004)
Pages: 496 pages
ePUB size: 1765 kb
FB2 size: 1174 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 258
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I agree with other reviewer that it was a good biography of Isabella. However, I would suggest as a contrast to read Isabella: Warrior Queen by Kirstin Downey. I think both books together provide a balanced portrait. Liss makes some good psychological observations based on Isabella's faith. But still Downey provides a clearer context to the life and times of Isabella. I recommend investing in both biographies.
Great biography. Fun read by a well-respected historian.
A superb treatment of the life, reign and monumental times of Isabel I. Meticulously researched. Really wonderful scholarship by Prof. Peggy Liss. It offers a great deal of insight into how Spain came together as a country and how all that has led to the country's present-day dynamics. I have visited several regions of Spain on three occasions, and I now have a better understanding of the rich history and culture of both old and modern España. I will definitely keep this book for future reference. It is a delight for the serious student of Spanish story.
Received today, very excited to add to my Isabel library
I wanted to expand my reading of the Tudors, but no one, not even Isabel, can compare to their intrigues. Read a few pages only but may get back to it.
The book came on time and looked very good.
The biography is thorough, comprehensive, and current in its interpretation. Liss demonstrates the Spanish queen's mastery of power politics, political theatre, her economic savvy, and her passionate vision. Delightful throughout its long text, the book incorporates the ideological and cultural motivations behind the woman's ambition to revive ancient Castilian traditions and expand the Spanish kingdoms into a new Christian empire. Some scholars are critical of this motivational emphasis, calling it romanticism on Liss's part. It is more a clever capture of the spirit of the times. Sadly, there is no formal bibliography, though prolific footnotes steer serious students to sources in English and Spanish. There are too many editing errors, and some citations are simply incorrect, but overall,the book is a fine overview of one of history's greatest women.