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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 revisionist history 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 has been cracked up to be as in hint hint Muslim Spain was badShe then connects this to wanting to make Isabella out to be a Joan of Arc with ruling owers So the Trip the Light Fantastic position of women in Muslim Spain has 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 toolygamously breed has to be stressed too It almost sounds racist and also ignores that before the Reconuista was complete Spain had 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 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 she has to be The Sinners Marriage Redemption (Seven Sexy Sins, 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 thiseriod 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 Talk Like TED: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds power anywayBut wait it gets worseDowney apparently never mentions in the whole book that Isabella had conversomarrano heritage 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 half brother Enriue had ocelots among the animals in his menagerieSince ocelots are only native to the New World and this wasre Columbus that s flatly impossibleAnd if you re going to make that big of a gaffe less than 100 The Upside of Stress pages into an alreadyroblematic book ain t no way you re getting off the 1 star schneid in my world 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 hand she was a very Glory powerful ruler in a turbulent kingdom and constantly at war during her reign In a time andlace where women control little she controlled her Kingdom had absolute custody and control of her children Oracional Bilingue plus her husband somewhat kinda sorta worked for her She made the real decisions for her Kingdom and managed to keep her eually yoked husband This is indeed a delicate and intricate dance At the same time she used her religion as a vicious weapon of mass destruction She was virulently and violently Catholic which was unfortunately fatal for too many of her subjects She is Islamophobic Antisemtic both of which are common feelings for her time religion andlace She totally steals the thrown from her niece and her brother s rightful heir When family steals the crown they often say the heir is illegitimate or not the king s etc She steals from her subjects in cringeworthy ways Mostly from her subjects who are already marginalized This book doesn t mention the Romani Starplex peoples but it s my understanding she both evicted them with the Jewish and Moorish Peoples andersecuted 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 opulated land masses as her own This ultimately standardizes normalizes and adds the Catholic Church s blessing to a attern of thinking that results in the horrors of colonialism theft genocide chattel slavery This impacts multiple continents and at the least hundreds Beginnings in the Old World probably thousands of nations countries confederates kingdoms empires democracies etc Millions ofeople 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 unsure how a 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 One Dish at a Time peoples living onart of the Iberian PeninsulaHm could it be that this author has a No Hard Feelings problem valuingeople who have brown and black skin Or who don t ractice 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
into uestion the authenticity of the other facts given The author shares in the Afterward that theory is that Isabel rotects 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 eopleThe 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 has married Ferdinand become ueen of Castile won the war of succession against Portugal "And Is Setting About Restoring OrderI Am Enjoying This Book "is setting about restoring orderI am enjoying this book 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 impressive how she is able to keep Ferdinand both from ower and still married to her It s really too bad she turns into such a rampant racist and human rights violator She had such Hook 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 yourearls in shock I advise you not to continue to read my review of this book ueen Isabella is a horrible human rights violator the first in history on such a global scale I have little that is nice to "say about her Or the author of this biased biography Received from firstreadsThis was robably the "about her Or the author of this biased biography Received from firstreadsThis was robably the enjoyable biographyhistory book that I ve read in uite a while From the first Magi (Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Official Guidebook) page it was very even no stretches of boring where you wait to get back to something interesting Suitable for someone with aart. 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 historyBorn at a time when Christianity was dying out and the Ottoman Empire was aggressively expanding Isabella was inspired in her youth by tales of Joan of Arc a devout young woman who unified her Forever people and led them to victory against foreign invaders In 1474 when most women were almostowerless twenty three year old Isabella defied. Icular interest in this area also for the reader with a casual interest I would have 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 eople were asking for it That s how it came across to me This massive undertaking by Kristin Downey gives context to the fifty three years of ueen Isabella s life and shares origin stories of People Will Talk people or events we may have 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 struggles of Portuguese soldier Duarte de Almeida to keep the Portuguese flag flying in the Battle of Toro against Ferdinand and Isabella who were thought to be illegally seizing the throne in Castile It was difficult to recount later exactly what happened because the Portuguese and Castilian accounts differedthe Castilians seized the battle flag the royal standard of Portugal despite the valiant efforts of a Portuguese soldier Duarte de Almeida to retain it Almeida had been holding the flag aloft in his right arm which was slashed from his body and so he transferred theendant to his other arm and kept fighting Then his other arm was cut off and he held the flag in his teeth until he finally succumbed to deathCount Dracula Mehmed the Conuerer was determined to expand the Ottoman Empire and conuered Constantinople in 1453 Mehmed renamed the city Istanbul and swore to take Rome within two years He didn t but he managed to take Athens and Corinth and Serbia In 1462 as Mehmed was attempting to subdue the geographical region of Romania then called Wallachia Mehmed came up against his father s former hostage Vlad who had been beaten and abused in the Turkish court and then sent back to Wallachia to rule Vlad fought Mehmed ferociously earning himself the name of Vlad the Impaler the Demon Divine (Demon Accords prototype for the character that came to be known as Count Dracula He is estimated to have killed tens of thousands ofeople The Pearl Thief partly in efforts to repel the Turks He was finally assassinated The game of chess Chess was enormouslyopular in Spain during Isabella s ruleand soon after the battle of Almeria during the Reconuest the ueen became the single most Healthier Together powerfuliece on the chessboard able to move great distances in all directions her mission is to The Haunting of Sunshine Girl protect and defend the keyiece on the board the King Some versions of chess had had a ueen figure before Isabella s birth but it was at this time that the fame originally invented in India underwent a complete metamorphosis and the ueen became a dominant figure The changes in the game were chronicled in a Routledge Library Editions popular book on the new rules of chessublished in Salamanca about 1496 written by Ramirez de Lucena He described the game now as ueen s chess and her new Crisis in Bethlehem powers allowed her to advance as far as she liked as long as herath was clear ueen Isabella had memorialized herself as a The Return of the Twelves powerfullayer in the game of war1492 was the year that Americans have enshrined as the year Columbus discovered North America But in Spain it is the year that Isabella and Ferdinand finally took back Granada after the fighting of many years from the Muslim Nasrid dynasty The victory over Granada won acclaim for Isabella and Ferdinand throughout Europe because it was the first significant triumph against Islam in hundreds of years and to many Europeans it was Dizzy Jimmy partialayback for the loss of Constantinople Crist bal Col n was at Granada when the city finally fell to the Christians to Locuras lejos de casa! (Serie Lady Pecas 1) petition the ueenbut court scholars once again rejected Columbus sroposal as unsound Shortly after fell to the Christians to etition the ueenbut court scholars once again rejected Columbus s roposal as unsound Shortly after unsuccessful meeting of Columbus with the ueen in Granada however the ueen sent a messenger after Columbus reaching him about ten miles outside of Granada The "Trip Was Approved Three "was approved Three known mariners the Pinzon brothers agreed to sign on in leadership ositions Juan de la Costa brought his own ship Santa Maria They left August 3 1492 and sighted land in the Caribbean on October 12 1492Crist bal Col n Christopher Columbus was a dreamer with a streak of madness He wrote in cipher signed his name in and indecipherable combination of letters and images He heard voices in the air and spent many hours writing feverishly in the margins of books developing his theories although Columbus showed himself to be an excellent mariner he was also exposed as a terrible administrator and a man of oor judgementhe faced an almost constant seuences of mutinies among his crewColumbus s ferocity in dealing with the Indians was a direct contradiction of his orders from ueen Isabella about how to interact with themColumbus was viewed with a measure of contemptColumbus had become very unpopularat court and it was getting difficult for others to stand up for himHe compounded his own Murder Maker problems by denying what wasatently obvious He had نشانیها promised the sovereigns that he would find aath to the Orient He had stumbled on something large and important but it was not the Indies Syphilis It is thought Columbus s returning ship brought the disease to Europe in 1493The Inuisition initially began as an attempt to ferret out insincere Christians and to correct them Those deemed unrepentant were burned at the stake the traditional enalty for heresy The thing was Spain was filled with Muslims and Jews as a result of revious conuests Many declared themselves to be Christians to get along but retained their old customs and methods of worship The governing Good Witch, Bad Witch principle of an Inuisition is that failing to conform to religious andolitical norms is treason In Isabella s age church and state were one religious authority and secular The Tokyo Zodiac Murders power were intermingledHistorians once believed that immense numbers ofeople were burned at the stake but recent scholarship has cast doubt on those assertionsThere is no uestions that during Isabella s reign hundreds of Yours, Mine and Ours (Second Chances people wereut to the flame Riverview, Gone But Not Forgotten probably at least 1000 Isabella chose a religious zealot Cisneros as archbishop of Toledo the most important andowerful cleric in Spain With this she Boneshaker (BA 43-500, put her kingdom on a less tolerant and religiousath leading to excesses in the Inuisition Cesare Borgia Isabella was a devout Catholic and was A Star Is Born pleased when Rodrigo Borgia ascended to theapacy in August 1492 the second time a Spaniard managed to do so However Borgia who had taken the name of the Greek conuerer Alexander IV CSA Scenarios for the MRCGP, third edition proved himself a corrupt andromiscuous The Ornament (Ornament, pontiff fathering a vast number of beautiful and intelligent children whom he suired to important ranks in society Cesare the cynical man whom Machiavelli called aolitical genius was one of theseBonfire of the Vanities took lace in Florence Italy during Lent in 1497 and 1498 when an Italian reacher determined to rid the Catholic church of corruption convinced crowds to burn objects that represented human vices and unnecessary luxury Items thrown into the bonfire included rich clothing mirrors laying. A hostile brother and mercurial 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 the help of Rodrigo Borgia the infamous Pope Alexander VI She also annihilated all who stood against her by establishing a bloody religious Inuisition that would darken Spain's reputation for ce. Cards and Challenged to Win paintings of books some of which representedornography but others of which were great works that represented the celebration of sensuality at the heart of the Italian Renaissance Vasco de Gama rounded the Cape of Good Hope in 1498 and returned to Portugal with Indian and Asian spices just about the time Isabella s daughter Maria married Manuel King of Portugal ueen Isabella was at the end of her reign but now that her daughter was ueen of Portugal together they ruled over much of the world and wealth Kids Draw Knights, Kings, Queens, Dragons poured into their countries Isabella had always been aatron of the arts commissioning aintings to mark major victories or family events Catherine of Aragon was Isabella s fourth daughter She was wed to Britain s Prince of Wales Arthur but it is uncertain whether or not the marriage was consummated before Arthur died of the lague in 1502 It was suggested that she marry Arthur s brother Henry instead of returning to Spain but in order to do so Isabella needed a The Color of a Leader papal dispensation from the Pope she had begun to hate for his excesses Pope Alexander IV Rodrigo Borgia King Ferdinand therefore drafted the reuest and after two years the dispensation returned from Italy and was subseuently sent to EnglandWhen Isabella died in 1504 even her enemies in other countries recognized her as one of the wisest and most honourableersons in the world In the Into the Planet prosaic way we might recognize today her son dumped her vast collection of jewels and worldly goods selling them far below market value so that they were resold later at far higherrices Her Dusk (Rosales Saga, priceless collection ofaintings was salvaged in George Washingtons Secret Six part by a daughter in law Margaret who bought many of theaintings of Christ s life which were kept as a set Today most of them remain in Madrid s Royal Palace the rest are art of the treasured collections of major art museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the National Gallery of Art in Washington I am not a historian The roblem I had with this as a work of The Caretaker popular history is that Downey seemed to swoop and swerve stall and reverse to include every detail that she d encountered in her researches The result is a spectacularly detailed if sometimes mind numbingarade of Clara After Dark - 01 personalities The back and forth nature of writing history I found disconcerting though it is surely the most logical way to go about telling such a largeersonal story We certainly see the scope and importance of Isabella s rule I read the Quanta Reset (The Shadow Ravens, paper copy and listened to the audio versionublished by Random House and narrated by Kimberly Farr Both Downey and Farr did a herculean job When I read European history it s usually English or Church history Between London and Rome the rest of the European continent manages to sneak into the Over the River Through the Wood picture uite freuently and to significant extent As a result I have than aassing exposure to the histories of other European countries though my knowledge of Spanish history is rather People generally seem to either love or 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 Isabella herself Was she evil incarnate or sincerely ious and devout I m 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 her 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 has detail than I expected also covering early European interactions with various groups of Native Americans About the Inuisition the book gives religious context and history that were unfamiliar to "me and after reading about Catherine of Aragon s early life I "and after reading about Catherine of Aragon s early life I a greater understanding of and appreciation for her as a woman of strength and rinciple Also woven into the narrative is information about the lives and historical impacts of Isabella s other children the balance of ower in Isabella s relationship with her husband Ferdinand according to this account she was the one who was eual and fairly extensive background histories of European
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families and their olitics Islam s In Search of Julien Hudson presence the Iberian Peninsula the evolving role of theapacy and the nature and Raintree (Raintree, progress of the Ottoman Empire Isabella was a much stronger monarch than I realized but she s humanized here and I ended up liking her which wasn t something I expected Author Kirstin Downey has taken obvious care to be fair and respectful to allarties in Isabella s story and without doing a lot of undocumented speculation about her subjects inner feelings her book is written in a vivid engaging style that had me hooked from its opening chapter I kept finding myself rushing back to its The Bachelor Takes A Bride / Coming Home To A Cowboy pages the way you do when reading a gripping novel I received an advanced review copy of this book Review opinions are mine view spoiler Bettie s Books hide spoiler My acuaintance with Spanish history is incidental mostly from Spain being mentioned in biographies and histories of other counties or Europe in general Author Kirsten Downey helped me tout all the fragments for this short وردة من دمي (روايات أحلام، perio Truly enjoyable and highly educating at the very least I suspect it to be a little bit biased by modern gender studies as this book is certainly aart of a very Leading Innovation popular trend to empower women from theast 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 however careful treading so the balance doesn t tip over I cannot tell for sure how 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 hear from so many first hand sources the discussion around controversial issues that the author tries to The Wild Wellingham Brothers present and defend heroint of viewThere have been some accusations that the book is also biased in matters of religions I don t think this a valid The Aquarian Teacher Kri International Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Level I Yoga Manual Part Nine, Sets And Meditations point however A lot of times Jewish and Muslimoint of views have been Southern Lady, Yankee Spy presented from original sources Isabella is not bleached from her errors in dealing witheople of all religions including her own simply shown as a strong leader who sometimes had to be and sometimes chose to be ruthlessThis is a fine example of The Overflowing of Friendship popular history I was able to retain a lot of nameslaces and events thanks to the method chosen the same facts are sometimes talked about from different Dolly Is Dead (Sarah Deane Mystery, positions We are also freuently reminded who are theeople talked of at this articular 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 have heard before riests teachers servants advisors etc In short loved it. Nturies Whether saintly or satanic no female leader has done to shape our modern world where millions of Two-Part Harmony people in two hemispheres speak Spanish andractice Catholicism Yet history has all but forgotten Isabella's influence due to hundreds of years of misreporting that often attributed her accomplishments to Ferdinand the bold and hilandering husband she adored Using new scholarship Downey's luminous biography tells the story of this brilliant fervent forgotten woman the faith that ropelled her through life and the land of ancient conflicts and intrigue she brought under her comma. .
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