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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A must read! This new author bursts upon the reading world with an amazing coming-of-age story of how one average man overcomes tremendous obstacles to become a king. He needs to become that king in order to be in the position to meet and marry the warrior queenthe most complete woman he had ever beheld. He was smitten. His nose was wide open for this beauty. The king and queen reigned, living like royalty, setting the foundation for the warrior queens battle that was to come. The writers unique style will keep the readers on the edge of their seat, taking you on a roller-coaster ride through decades of this thing we call life.
The story of a medieval Boudicca, Alfred the Great's daughter, and her struggle to restore her people and reclaim their land
The Warrior Queen is a subversive, funny novel about modern middle-class marriage. Kate Wildburn is in trouble. She is an extrovert, a lateral thinker and a talented pianist. She is also a good wife and mother, and an attractive woman who enjoys being a woman. Richard, her surgeon husband, is balding, aggressive, hard on his children - and is he having an affair? The Warrior Queen is a subversive look at modern middle-class marriage, a guerrilla war of the sexes fought in well-heeled Auckland among the trendy homes and chic cafes of Remmers and Parnell. With her fine ear for male bluster and female bitchiness, and her subtle observations of family life, Barbara Else has created an elegant black comedy to entertain - and warn - readers from either of the warring camps.
The Roman conquest of Britain is shattered in 60 C.E. by Boudica, a mother, a warrior and a rebel queen, who once united the tribes against a common enemy. Now, three hundred years later, the prolonged Iron Age in Northern Europe sees the British Isles dominated by women, for these superstitious tribes believe now that only the Mother-Warrior-Queen trinity can safeguard them against any foreign foe. Women are deified; men are little more than slaves. But Arawn, slave-son of a salt merchant, believes that men have worth. When he tries to save a Pictish slave boy from sacrificial death, he accidentally murders his sister and her Druid. Having no other choice but to flee, he embarks on a journey from his British homeland across Gaul and on to Rome, seeking out the powerful priests of the new one true god, who holds men above women. He can escape the British warrior-women hunting him, but he can't escape is own demons, for the journey is long and his bitterness towards women is strong...
The story of the woman warrior who nearly ended the Roman occupation of Britain. Boudicca's revolt in AD 61 united other tribes under her and all but destroyed Rome's power base in the country. Ultimately defeated, she is traditionally alleged to have taken poison, along with her daughters.
As a southern creole boy Nathan never took many things for granted. He knew the value of one's dog and a beloved girlfriend so when unworldly puppets kidnap them both he chases them through a twisted portal to get them back! Diving head first into the unknown transforms his body and unravels a new and dangerous world destined for change. With his new body honing the mysteries of the dead gods, Nathan stays true and searches endlessly for his love. His adventurous 'I don't give a damn' attitude paired with pure artistic ingenuity gains our bayou boy a variety of wholesome friends and vile to the core enemies. With beasts, kings, rivals, and his own shadow against him he'll need every ounce of wit and strength to match pace with the changing world of Legend. There is but one saving grace, one that can grant his desire or bring about the end to everything...the Warrior Queen. Somehow he must manage to save his girl. Somehow he must get them back home to Earth.
In the final volume of The Hundredth Queen Series, Kalinda will risk everything to save the man she loves. Kalinda has brought peace to the Tarachand Empire, at least for now. Bhutas no longer need to hide their gifts. The last of the rebels have been banished. And Prince Ashwin is set to take over as rajah. But for Kalinda, this all came at a great loss. Her childhood home. Her best friend. The love of her life. Deven is still trapped in the Void, although he is able to find his way to Kalinda each night. He has been lucky so far--mortals are not meant to last in the Void for long, and Deven has lasted longer than most. But when he doesn't visit her one night, Kalinda knows that his luck has run out. She will do whatever it takes to save the man she loves, even if it means convincing a god to guide her through the Void. Freeing a mortal from the Void is nearly impossible, but Kalinda has never let those odds stop her before...
Detective-Inspector Benjamin Jurnet is in that most common predicament of the human condition: desperately in love. Torn between joy and trepidation about his reunion with his beloved Miriam after a year’s separation, he decides to take her on a drive to Lanthrop, a quaint English village with a lovely strip of beach along the sea. It is to be something of a holiday, even though Jurnet—once a copper, always a copper—does plan to stop by the dig where an archaeologist has complained that someone is tampering with the relics of Queen Boadicea. Jurnet and Miriam find a retreat made for lovers, but pleasure abruptly turns back to business when a brown, leathery arm, ending in a hand flexed like a beckoning claw, rears out of the sand like an accusation. The arm is attached to a body that is decidedly dead. In his ensuing investigation, Jurnet discovers that life in scenic Lanthrop is not as idyllic as it appears. A murder, a probably suicide, and a herd of pedigree goats with their throats slashed all prove that there throats slashed all prove that there is far more buried in the picturesque village than an archaeological treasure. As his work separates him from Miriam yet again, Jurnet must confront the intricacies of love and desire. For love sometimes leads to murder, and it is only by probing the mysteries of the human heart — including his own — that Jurnet can find the solutions in this powerful and deeply satisfying novel of detection. ‘S. T. Haymon is a strong, heated writer who does not flinch from entering uneasy territory.’ Spectator ‘Haymon is one of the most elegant writers around; her characters are complex and interesting, plotting is exact, and she has unerring feel for place.’ The Times