Friday, December 09, 2011

Five top books on ruling women

One title on the Barnes & Noble Review's list of five books on ruling women:
Isabel the Queen: Life and Times
by Peggy K. Liss

Her patronage of Christopher Columbus and her religious zealotry, which dovetailed with the rise of the Inquisition, have long dominated the picture of the historical Isabel (1451 - 1504). A devoted wife and mother, she was not above mixing the personal with the political, and her secret marriage to King Fernando of Aragón brought success in civil war, consolidated Christian hegemony over the Iberian peninsula, and set the stage for Spain to become a world empire. Liss peers behind the curtain of legend to discover a complicated woman whose devotion to God, country, and personal ambition shaped Europe.
Read about another book on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue