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Author Tremlett, Giles, author
Title Isabella of Castile : Europe's First Great Queen / Giles Tremlett
Imprint London ; New York, NY : Bloomsbury Paperback, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2017
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 人文社會聯圖  DP163 .T74 2017    AVAILABLE    30610020569224
Edition Paperback edition
Descript xv, 607 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps, portraits ; 25 cm
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Note "First published in Great Britain, 2017"--Title page verso
Includes bibliographical references (pages 491-584) and index
"The remarkable life of the queen who transformed Spain into a global power and sponsored Columbus's 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, early 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"-- Provided by publisher
Introduction: Europe's first great queen -- No man ever held such power -- The impotent -- The Queen's daughter -- Two kings, two brothers -- Bulls -- Choosing Ferdinand -- Marrying Ferdinand -- Rebel princess -- The Borgias -- Queen -- and King! -- Clouds of war -- Under attack -- Though I am just a woman -- The turning point -- Degrading the grandees -- Rough justice -- Adiós Beltraneja -- The Inquisition : populism and purity -- Crusade -- They smote us town by town -- God save King Boabdil! -- The Tudors -- Granada falls -- Handover -- Expulsion of the Jews -- The vale of tears -- The race to Asia -- Partying women -- A hellish night -- A new world -- Indians, parrots, and hammocks -- Dividing up the world -- A new continent -- Borgia weddings -- All the thrones of Europe -- Though we are clerics ... we are still flesh and blood -- Juana's fleet -- Twice married, but a virgin when she died -- The third knife-thrust of pain -- The dirty Tiber -- We Germans call them rats -- The end of Islam? -- The Sultan of Egypt -- Like a wild lioness -- The final judgement -- Afterword: A beam of glory -- Appendix: Monetary values and coinage
Subject Isabella I, Queen of Spain, 1451-1504
Queens -- Spain -- Biography
Spain -- History -- Ferdinand and Isabella, 1479-1516
Isabella I, Queen of Spain 1451-1504
Queens -- Spain -- Biography
Spain -- History -- Ferdinand and Isabella, 1479-1516
HISTORY -- Europe -- Renaissance. bisacsh
HISTORY -- Europe -- Spain & Portugal. bisacsh
Isabella I, Queen of Spain, 1451-1504. fast (OCoLC)fst00019613
Queens. fast (OCoLC)fst01085637
Spain. fast (OCoLC)fst01204303
1479-1516 fast
Biographies. fast (OCoLC)fst01919896
Biography. fast (OCoLC)fst01423686
History. fast (OCoLC)fst01411628
Biographies. lcgft
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