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Isabella of Castile : Europe's first great queen

By: Tremlett, Giles

1408854066 / 9781408854068
Paperback
946.03092
01/10/2017
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England
20 cm ix, 607 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (b
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'Packed with vivid character sketches and lyrical description, Tremlett has told a gripping story, full of beauty and darkness' The TimesWINNER OF THE 2018 ELIZABETH LONGFORD PRIZEIn 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 laying the foundations not just of modern Spain, but of the one of the world's greatest empires. With authority and flair, acclaimed historian Giles Tremlett Tremlett 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.

BIC:

1DSE Spain, 3H c 1000 CE to c 1500, 3JB c 1500 to c 1600, BGH Biography: historical, political & military, HBJD European history, HBLH Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700

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