Isabella: The Warrior Queen by Kirstin Downey

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 | 6 PM - 8 PM
Julia Ideson Building | Tudor Gallery - 2nd Floor | 550 McKinney St., 77002

Presentation and book signing by the author

Reserve your seat now! Or call 832-393-1652.

About the book:

Only one person in history immediately claimed the Americas for herself and turned the venture promptly into a keenly pursued enterprise that resulted in one of the most dramatic population shifts in history. Isabella of Castile’s influence cannot be underestimated, as the discoveries and colonization of the New World would make Spain the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the New World for the next two centuries to come.

This engrossing and revolutionary biography of 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 powerful female rulers in history, features new scholarship drawing heavily on never-before-seen primary resources. 

About the author

Kirstin Downey is the author of The Woman Behind the New Deal, which was a finalist for the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She was one of the writers of the New York Times bestselling Report of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, and was previously a staff writer at the Washington Post, where she shared in the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings. She was a Neiman fellow at Harvard University in 2001.


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