Isabel the Queen: Life and Times (The Middle Ages Series 2nd edition)
By: Peggy K. Liss (author)Paperback
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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 Aragon, 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.
Peggy K. Liss is the author of Atlantic Empires: The Network of Trade and Revolution, 1713-1823 and Mexico Under Spain 1521-1556: Society and the Origins of Nationality.
List of Illustrations Preface to the Revised Edition The Royal Relationships of Isabel of Castile Maps Prologue: An Embassy to Egypt: 1502 PART I. PRINCESS 1. Walls and Gates: Castile, 1451 2. The Wrong King: 1461-1467 3. The Right Marriage: 1467-1469 4. To the Crown: 1469-1474 5. A Royal Heritage: Perception and Reality PART II. LA REINA 6. Contests: 1475 7. Resolutions: 1475-1477 8. To the Sea: 1477-1478 9. Signs and Revelations: 1478 10. Inquisition: 1478-1485 11. Readying: 1478-1481 12. The Queen's War I: 1482-1485 13. The Queen's War II: 1486-1492 PART III. TOWARD EMPIRE 14. The View from Granada: The Grand Design,1492 15. The Expulsion of the Jews: 1492 16. Christopher Columbus and the Queen: To 1492 17. Isabel and the Indies: 1492-1504 18. The Catholic Kings: 1492-1499 19. The Queen and Her Daughter: 1499-1504 Epilogue: "A Queen Has Disappeared ..." Notes Index
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