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This massive undertaking by Kristin Downey gives context to the fifty three years of ueen Isabella s life and shares origin stories of people or events we may ave In Defense of a Liberal Education heard bits of in our lives but never knew where to find the referencesMonty Python The Monty Python skit of the soldier who first loses a leg then an arm then another armyou know itwas based on the st view spoiler Bettie s Bookside spoiler Finished this book finally Wonderful rich detail about Isabel and the life and times she mastered Isabel is a fascinating if genocidal character On the one Gender Is Fair Game hand she was a very powerful ruler in a turbulent kingdom and constantly at war duringer reign In a time and place where women control little she controlled Wybór wierszy her Kingdomad absolute custody and control of 11 Before 12 her children pluser POISONS D'AVRIL husband somewhat kinda sorta worked forer She made the real decisions for The Theory Of Industrial Organization her Kingdom and managed to keeper eually yoked LAbyssin husband This is indeed a delicate and intricate dance At the same time she useder religion as a vicious weapon of mass destruction She was virulently and violently Catholic which was unfortunately fatal for too many of Promise of Power her subjects She is Islamophobic Antisemtic both of which are common feelings forer time religion and place She totally steals the thrown from Ever Dark her niece ander brother s rightful Christian Faith 101 heir When family steals the crown they often say theeir is illegitimate or not the king s etc She steals from The Math Workshop her subjects in cringeworthy ways Mostly fromer subjects who are already marginalized This book doesn t mention the Romani peoples but it s my understanding she both evicted them with the Jewish and Moorish Peoples and persecuted those that converted to Catholicism who stayed in Spsin during the InuisitionIn addition this is the ueen that sends Columbus on an expedition that claims populated land masses as Babys Bathtime her own This ultimately standardizes normalizes and adds the Catholic Church s blessing to a pattern of thinking that results in theorrors of colonialism theft genocide chattel slavery This impacts multiple continents and at the least She Left Me the Gun hundreds probably thousands of nations countries confederates kingdoms empires democracies etc Millions of people die or are displacedYet the author spends much time excusing Isabel s choices and behaviors while demonizing the Moors of Grenada The author opens the book with the no doubt true but extremely detailed info about The Emirate conuering Granada For comparison she talks about other European conuerors who no doubt employed many of the exact methods but she glosses over it with no violence at all It s cringeworthyEspecially given the level of violence that Spain will enact in the Americas for centuries She makes colonialism s crimes seem like misunderstandings taken advantage of by a few bad apples I m unsureow a Alorns Treasure (Griffin Pirate Stories Series 2 Book 20) historian could consider Muslim violence in light of the blood bath that Isabel will unleash over 2 continents considerably larger than all of Europe Clearly this author does not consider the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas as important as the European Catholic peoples living on part of the Iberian PeninsulaHm could it be that this authoras a problem valuing people who Its Just Been Glorious have brown and black skin Or who don t practice Catholicism Christianity She refers to the Kingdoms of Castile and Aragon by name but refers to the Moors of Grenada as the generic Muslims So Castile is at war with The Muslims vs Castile is at war with Grenada or the Emirate or whatever It s offensive and dismissive and calls into uestion the authenticity of the other facts given The author shares in the Afterward thater theory is that Isabel protects Europe from the Muslims and the expansion of Islam throughout Europe However she seems unconcerned about Isabel doing that very same thing to continents full of millions of peopleThe theory screams Islamophobic and explains much of why this book rubs me the wrong way TLDR The author s bias is so blatant it makes me uncomfortable gleaning any true facts from this biography It s a shame as this is very readable and interestingUpdates while reading as my app was glitchingStill reading I m about 30% done I couldn t update for some reasonSo Isabella Cell has married Ferdinand become ueen of Castile won the war of succession against Portugal and is setting about restoring orderI am enjoying this book but the authors clear bias is difficult to ignore I also am deeply impressed by Isabella s ability to maintain absolute control in Castile It s impressiveow she is able to keep Ferdinand both from power and still married to Bloody Acquisitions (Fred, the Vampire Accountant, her It s really too bad she turns into such a rampant racist anduman rights violator She Fusiliers had such promiseBelow was in response to a comment that was later erasedI am not a European and so I will not be reviewing this book from that standpoint If that causes you to clutch your pearls in shock I advise you not to continue to read my review of this book ueen Isabella is aorrible The American Nurse human rights violator the first inistory on such a global scale I Dangerous Desire have little that is nice to say abouter Or the author of this biased biography People generally seem to either love or The Little Book of Puns hate this book but my take isn t firmly in either camp I think that their opinion of the book is wrapped up in their opinion of Isabellaerself Was she evil incarnate or sincerely pious and devout I m still not sure which is most descriptive but er life was definitely fascinating I became interested in ueen Isabella after reading The Constant Princess Philippa Gregory showed Isabella as an intense formidable woman through the eyes of er daughter Katherine of Aragon As it turns out she was all that and ueen Isabella was a warrior an astute politico an intellectual an aesthete a devoted mother and a zealous Catholic She was such a complex person that The Complete Idiots Guide to Rumi Meditations hundreds of years later it is impossible to really knower But Downey as a point of view and it comes through Downey respects Isabella and dislikes Ferdinand She basically says that Isabella was responsible for everything good that appened and Ferdinand was largely responsible for everything bad and Downey makes excuses for Isabella s role in the atrocities of the Inuisition I don t real. An engrossing and revolutionary biography of Isabella of Castile the controversial ueen of Spain who sponsored Christopher Columbus's journey to the New World established the Spanish Inuisition and became one of the most influential female rulers in istoryBorn at a time when Christianity was dying out and the Ottoman Empire was aggressively expanding Isabella was inspired in er youth by tales of Joan of Arc a devout young woman who unified er people and led them to victory against foreign invaders In 1474 when most women were almost powerless twenty three year old Isabella defied.
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Blematic book ain t no way you re getting off the 1 star schneid in my world When I read European istory it s usually English or Church A Strangers Touch (Psychic Triplet Trilogy, history Between London and Rome the rest of the European continent manages to sneak into the picture uite freuently and to significant extent As a result Iave than a passing exposure to the istories of other European countries though my knowledge of Spanish istory is rather limited and primarily involves England and France and Napoleon So recently on a trip to Barnes and Noble in an effort to supplement my TBR shelf I ran across this book near the bottom shelf and there was nothing above it that struck my interest My knowledge of ueen Isabella is limited to The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook: Recipes and Techniques for Every Hunter and Angler her relationship with the Columbus andis voyage of Discovery So finding nothing else of interest I bought the book in Papyrus and Tablet hopes of filling a knowledge voidOne thing about Englishistory that is very annoying is the fact that the nobility in that country seemed to The Reckoning: the electrifying new novel from bestseller John Grisham have a lack of imagination when it came to naming their sons In most of Englishistory the male participants use only about a A Foxs Love (American Kitsune half dozen first names These men are primarily Edwards Henrys Williams Richards Johns Harold or Arthur and that s about it Conseuently they seem never to refer to themselves by their names but by their titles and that is the only way to keep track of who is who Now let s start our introduction to Spanishistory and what do I find but that the Spanish The Provocateur have their own little naming tradition to make theiristory incomprehensible In Spain at the time of Isabella Spanish nobility preferred to name their children after their parents Of course the parents Trading Christmas had been named after their parents and so on Isabella s mother was named Isabella and so waser grandmother When Isabella Never an outbreak had a daughter what else was she going to be named but Isabella There were also some Juans Juanas Joaos etc just to keep the reader onisher toes Maddening but not impossible to follow if you read slow and carefully So my limited gripe is out of the way so Pride how was the book uite good actuallyTo begin with I picked up an interesting bit of trivia from reading thisistory concerning the game of chess Chess was certainly in existence long before Isabella However around 1495 the rules were rewritten and a new version of the game called ueen s Chess came into being This is the game we are all familiar with in which the ueen is dominant piece on the board and whose duty is to protect the king This new version of chess is attributed to the reign of Isabella and after reading this book I don t know why Isabella wasted Men her time on Ferdinand let alone protectedim After Isabella died the king displayed Isotopic Carbon his true colors much to the displeasure of the Spanish nobility and people Aside from learning this little gem about chess there is a great deal to be learned from this biography about Isabella Ferdinand the Inuisition the discovery of the New World and the conseuences of the discovery of course Columbus is featured as is Pope Alexander VI and Isabella and Spain s influence on the world at that time and in the present is uite remarkable and to think she accomplished what she did in a time when women were generally regarded as little better than children or incompetents is astonishing Isabella would certainly seem to be the precursor to Elizabeth I Catherine the Great and Victoria and deservedly so This was definitely a biography worth reading My acuaintance with Spanishistory is incidental mostly from Spain being mentioned in biographies and The Robotics Primer (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents) (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents) (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents Series) histories of other counties or Europe in general Author Kirsten Downeyelped me to put all the fragments for this short period that I ve gleaned together Now I understand Catherine of Aragon s long wait for Step Out of Your Story her second marriageow Jauna came to be considered mad the actual relationship of the Spanish monarchs to their Borgia pope and much You see the Inuisition and expulsion from the side of the monarchs and The Eyes of the Dead how Ferdinand was most likely the active partner with Isabella just not stepping inThe book was best for me in the beginning where it is a chronological biography In this part you come to understand Isahella s family andow she engineered Rules for a Lady her own marriage and coronation You come to understand that marriageer piety and relations with the church and Calebs Tempting Mate (Saber Chronicles her reliance on childhood friends You see theow the 700 year Reconuest was completedAt time when Columbus enters the picture the structure of the narrative changes and Columbus the Inuisition the later expulsion the European wars and the marriage of daughters are presented in separate chapters In these parts with the exception of the marriage and family parts the narratives bog down in detailAnother weakness that there is a lot on conversos Those close to Isabella are noted and there are examples of the fate of many conversos and Jews in the Inuisition and expulsion There is little attention to the Muslims and their fate in the Inuisition and expulsion Moriscos are not mentioned at any point in the book For a good description of this Blood and Faith The Purging of Muslim SpainThe chapters about after Isabella both for the years immediately following ABC her death ander influence to our present time is excellent For the immediately after part you learn of the power struggle of Ferdinand and Odd Man In his too soon after brereavement marriage andis son in law and the fate of the some players who played a role in Isabella s life such as the Bobadilla s Columbus and Palace Intrigue (A Medieval Tale his sons Cesar Borgia and many This book is clearly a labor of love In the end the author tellsow she came to be interested in Spanish Parking Lot Rules 75 Other Ideas for Raising Amazing Children history and Isabella in particular Received from firstreadsThis was probably the most enjoyable biographyhistory book that I ve read in uite a while From the first page it was very even no stretches of boring where you wait to get back to something interesting Suitable for someone with a particular interest in this area also for the reader with a casual interest I wouldave given it five stars but I felt there was a tendency to gloss over and justify the Spanish Inuisition even going so far as to kind of imply that some people were asking for it That s Carlyle Marney how it came across to Nturies Whether saintly or satanic no female leaderas done to shape our modern world where millions of people in two Shameful hemispheres speak Spanish and practice Catholicism Yetistory as all but forgotten Isabella's influence due to undreds of years of misreporting that often attributed Sacred Landscapes her accomplishments to Ferdinand the bold and philanderingusband she adored Using new scholarship Downey's luminous biography tells the story of this brilliant fervent forgotten woman the faith that propelled Angel Without Mercy (Agnes Carmichael, her through life and the land of ancient conflicts and intrigue she brought underer comma.
Ly Gold Rush hold this against Downey too much I believe that writing a biography is often a labor of love Authors come toave affection for the people they write about and it clouds their judgement Downey certainly tries to shield Isabella from much of the responsibility of Girl Reporter her crimes againstumanityAnother criticism I Hunted have is that the book lacked focus It was too long with too many details about the indiscretions and personal lives of various Popes Downey probably included it for the salaciousness but it just added too much irrelevant minutia to the plot of Isabella s life Overall I think that Downey did a good job of compiling much of what is known about ueen Isabella in one place From the extensive footnotes I don t think that she did a lot of research of primary documents but for my tastes she wrote a very interesting biography Truly enjoyable andighly educating at the very least I suspect it to be a little bit biased by modern gender studies as this book is certainly a part of a very popular trend to empower women from the past Personally I think it is much needed to overturn the concept of world ruled solely by men and restore full meaning of their female companions merits it needs Gingerbread Heart however careful treading so the balance doesn t tip over I cannot tell for sureow much this account of Isabella s life differs from others though as this is my firstserious encounter with this remarkable womanI loved the way the story is being told the fact that we ear from so many first and sources the discussion around controversial issues that the author tries to present and defend Biz Talk-2 her point of viewThereave been some accusations that the book is also biased in matters of religions I don t think this a valid point Ricky Ricottas Mighty Robot vs the Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn (Ricky Ricotta, however A lot of times Jewish and Muslim point of viewsave been presented from original sources Isabella is not bleached from A Historical Atlas of Tibet her errors in dealing with people of all religions includinger own simply shown as a strong leader who sometimes The Last Awakening (Curse of the Phoenix, had to be and sometimes chose to be ruthlessThis is a fine example of popularistory I was able to retain a lot of names places and events thanks to the method chosen the same facts are sometimes talked about from different positions We are also freuently reminded who are the people talked of at this particular moment by explanations like This is the samewho Great way of keeping a layman intrigued and clued in especially that well known figures Columbus Borgias Toruemadaall the royalties appear alongside multitude of others of whom you may or may not Italian Warships Of World War II haveeard before priests teachers servants advisors etc In short loved it Since I knew ueen Isabella was the financier of Columbus a force behind the Spanish Inuisition and the mother of Katherine of Aragon first wife of Henry VIII I thought I would find this book about er interesting but that was an underestimation because Isabella The Warrior ueen turned out to be a treasure trove of fascinating information and stories About Columbus the book as detail than I expected also covering early European interactions with various groups of Native Americans About the Inuisition the book gives religious context and Critical Social Theory and the End of Work history that were unfamiliar to me and after reading about Catherine of Aragon s early life Iave a greater understanding of and appreciation for The Traps her as a woman of strength and principle Also woven into the narrative is information about the lives andistorical impacts of Isabella s other children the balance of power in Isabella s relationship with er usband Ferdinand according to this account she was the one who was eual and fairly extensive background Protect Your Purity histories of European royal families and their politics Islam s presence on the Iberian Peninsula the evolving role of the papacy and the nature and progress of the Ottoman Empire Isabella was a much stronger monarch than I realized but she sumanized Theatre Histories here and I ended up likinger which wasn t something I expected Author Kirstin Downey Waterloo has taken obvious care to be fair and respectful to all parties in Isabella s story and without doing a lot of undocumented speculation abouter subjects inner feelings Yobo her book is written in a vivid engaging style thatad me The Last Runaway hooked from its opening chapter I kept finding The book s a comedy of errors and stereotypesIn the first chapter I could see what seemed to be some definite Christianist bias and bad type revisionististory Downey lumps nearly 800 years of Muslim rule in Spain under several different dynasties some Arab some Berber as Muslim rule in general isn t what it Sanctuary (The New World Series, has been cracked up to be as inint int Muslim Spain was badShe then connects this to wanting to make Isabella out to be a Joan of Arc with ruling powers So the position of women in Muslim Spain as to be called worse than in Christian Spain even though this varied across nearly 800 years tooAnd Muslims going on slave raids just to find Christian women to polygamously breed Lion Boy Trilogy (Books 1, 2 and 3) ((Book 1), Lion Boy (Books 1, 2 and 3) ((Book 1), Lion Boy: The Chase (Book 2) and Lion Boy: The Truth (Book 3)) has to be stressed too It almost sounds racist and also ignores that before the Reconuista was complete Spainad joined Portugal in slaving in Africa and impregnating Africans if not marrying themBack to the Joan of Arc ness It s not enough for Downey to rightly Data Interpretation Questions And Case Histories have Isabella as much or than Ferdinand as the driving force behind the Reconuista and certainly the only one of the two to favor ColumbusNo sheas to be puffed up as the leader of the Christian response to the Ottoman Turks who were nowhere near a threat to Spain at this time and in this period would not face a semi united Christian opposition until Lepanto long after Isabella was dead and not lead by Spain And Lepanto wasn t a final check on Ottoman power anywayBut wait it gets worseDowney apparently never mentions in the whole book that Isabella Inside the Hornets Head had conversomarranoeritage As did Ferdinand Gee don t you think this was worth of mentionBut the topper The guaranteed earning of a 1 star ratingIn the next chapter Downey claims that Enriue Isabella s older Imagination According to Humphrey (According to Humphrey half brother Enriuead ocelots among the animals in Sexy Reversed Fairy Tales his menagerieSince ocelots are only native to the New World and this was pre Columbus that s flatly impossibleAnd if you re going to make that big of a gaffe less than 100 pages into an already pro. Aostile brother and mercurial Oh. My. Gods. (Oh. My. Gods., husband to seize control of Castile and León Her subseuent feats were legendary She ended a twenty four generation struggle between Muslims and Christians forcing Moorish invaders back over the Mediterranean Sea She laid the foundation for a unified Spain She sponsored Columbus's trip to the Indies and negotiated Spanish control over much of the New World with theelp of Rodrigo Borgia the infamous Pope Alexander VI She also annihilated all who stood against er by establishing a bloody religious Inuisition that would darken Spain's reputation for ce.