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Isabella - The Warrior Queen

Kirstin Downey

An engrossing and revolutionary biography of Isabella of Castile, the controversial Queen of Spain who sponsored Christopher Columbus's journey to the New World, established the Spanish Inquisition, and became one of the most influential female rulers in history Born 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 people and led them to victory against foreign invaders. In 1474, when most women were almost powerless, twenty-three-year-old Isabella defied a hostile brother and a mercurial husband to seize control of Castile and León. Her subsequent feats were legendary. She ended a twenty-four-generation struggle between Muslims and Christians, forcing North African 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 Inquisition that would darken Spain's reputation for centuries. Whether saintly or satanic, no female leader has done more to shape our modern world, in which millions of people in two hemispheres speak Spanish and practice 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 philandering husband she adored. Using new scholarship, Downey's luminous biography tells the story of this brilliant, fervent, forgotten woman, the faith that propelled her through life, and the land of ancient conflicts and intrigue she brought under her command. From the Hardcover edition.

An engrossing and revolutionary biography of Isabella of Castile, the controversial Queen of Spain who sponsored Christopher Columbus's journey to the New World, established the Spanish Inquisition, and became one of the most influential female rulers in history Born 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 people and led them to victory against foreign invaders. In 1474, when most women were almost powerless, twenty-three-year-old Isabella defied a hostile brother and a mercurial husband to seize control of Castile and León. Her subsequent feats were legendary. She ended a twenty-four-generation struggle between Muslims and Christians, forcing North African 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 Inquisition that would darken Spain's reputation for centuries. Whether saintly or satanic, no female leader has done more to shape our modern world, in which millions of people in two hemispheres speak Spanish and practice 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 philandering husband she adored. Using new scholarship, Downey's luminous biography tells the story of this brilliant, fervent, forgotten woman, the faith that propelled her through life, and the land of ancient conflicts and intrigue she brought under her command. From the Hardcover edition.
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An engrossing and revolutionary biography of Isabella of Castile, the controversial Queen of Spain who sponsored Christopher Columbus's journey to the New World, established the Spanish Inquisition, and became one of the most influential female rulers in history Born 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 people and led them to victory against foreign invaders. In 1474, when most women were almost powerless, twenty-three-year-old Isabella defied a hostile brother and a mercurial husband to seize control of Castile and León. Her subsequent feats were legendary. She ended a twenty-four-generation struggle between Muslims and Christians, forcing North African 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 Inquisition that would darken Spain's reputation for centuries. Whether saintly or satanic, no female leader has done more to shape our modern world, in which millions of people in two hemispheres speak Spanish and practice 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 philandering husband she adored. Using new scholarship, Downey's luminous biography tells the story of this brilliant, fervent, forgotten woman, the faith that propelled her through life, and the land of ancient conflicts and intrigue she brought under her command. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kimberly Farr

Length:

21h 14m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:52


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:11


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:31


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:37


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:49


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:37


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:05


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:23


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:26


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:02


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:53


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:21


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:29


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:30


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:44


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:19


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:28


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:10


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:04


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:18


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:57


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:16


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:42


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:30


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:36


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:47


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:33


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:46


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:51


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:57


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:34


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:16


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:10


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:21


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:34


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:01


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:41


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:08


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:10


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:37


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:41


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:25


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:21


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:29


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:50


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:32


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:45


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:14


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:02


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:52


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:06


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:57


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:45


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:27


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:07


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:34


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:20


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:07


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:27


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:11


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:55


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:56


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:52


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:54


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:04


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:09


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:13


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:25


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:16


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:23


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:53


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:25


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:26


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:32


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:49


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:13


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:14


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:52


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:10


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:16


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:13


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:43


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:35


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:39


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:56


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:08


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:52


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:05


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:06


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:26


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:18


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:44


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:45


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:51


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:29


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:44


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:59


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:44


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:23


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:14


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:18


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:55


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:47


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:06


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

08:21


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:58


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:10


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:08


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:56


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:51


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:08


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:01


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:46


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

07:40


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

07:15


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

03:36


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:19


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:16


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

06:57


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:58


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:37


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

05:27


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

08:32


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

08:03


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

07:47


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

07:12


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

08:02


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

04:36


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

05:32


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

06:02


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

07:35


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

08:06


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

05:06


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

06:05


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

05:37


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

05:42


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

06:54


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

06:52


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

07:03


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

07:21


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

07:28


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

06:40


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

07:50


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

06:55


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

06:57


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

07:28


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

07:36


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

06:04


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

07:28


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

05:09


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

07:37


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

05:41


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

07:40


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

04:54


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

07:07


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

06:55


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

07:30


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

07:47


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

06:50


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

07:26


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

07:51


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

04:06


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

05:49


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

07:25


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

06:32


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

06:58


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

05:36


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

06:21


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

04:59


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

06:52


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

06:33


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

07:14


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

06:25


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

05:01


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

04:55


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

05:47


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

06:32


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

07:18


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

07:36


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

06:07


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

06:55


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

07:48


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

07:43


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

07:49


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

05:02


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

06:08


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

05:18


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

04:16


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

06:20


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

06:54


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

06:42


Chapter 193
Chapter 193

07:47


Chapter 194
Chapter 194

05:39


Chapter 195
Chapter 195

04:49


Chapter 196
Chapter 196

06:27


Chapter 197
Chapter 197

06:12


Chapter 198
Chapter 198

00:30