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ISABELLA: THE WARRIOR QUEEN

“In this astonishing biography, Kirstin Downey brings to life the most powerful queen in history, whose extraordinary impact on the world — for good and ill — continues to this day. Downey is particularly good at showing the human side of Isabella, whose life was an unending struggle to assert herself while navigating the countless intrigues and treachery of men who wanted to bring her down, including her own faithless and jealous husband, Ferdinand. It’s a fascinating story with great resonance for today.” Lynne Olson, author of the New York Times bestseller Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh and America’s Fight Over World War II

“Kirstin Downey makes medieval history read like a modern day thriller. Queen Isabella’s life unfolded at the pivotal moment when the old world was astonished by the discovery of the new, and this graceful and insightful biography reveals her crucial role in making it happen.” Deirdre Bair, National Book Award-winning author of Samuel Beckett

“Queen Isabella was the most important woman in the history of Europe, and more than any person of her era she set the stage for modern Europe and America. Using Muslim, Jewish, and Christian sources, Kirstin Downey’s gripping biography reveals how Isabella acquired such importance and vividly narrates the incredible drama of her life.” Jack Weatherford, author of the New York Times bestseller Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

“Kirstin Downey triumphantly restores Isabella to her rightful place in history. This is an engrossing new portrait of one of the most fascinating and controversial women who ever lived.” Amanda Foreman, author of the New York Times bestseller Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire

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