IsabellaUnashamed

Isabella of Castile is known as Europe's first great queen. Renowned for her marriage to Ferdinand of Aragon and birthing of modern day Spain, Isabella is also known as the queen who launched the Inquisition, completed the Reconquista, and expelled the Jews from her nation.  Not long after her triumph in 1492, her dynasty came apart and unraveled, and it was whispered by many that the Trastamara line was cursed. Her children either died prematurely or had horrible ends. Her most famous daughter, Catalina, became known as the ill-fated Katharine of Aragon, the first of Henry VIII of England's unfortunate six wives.

But what if Isabella had been wiser and not expelled the Jews—some of the very people who ironically helped put her on the throne of Castile? What if Isabella had had more foresight and had her successor be Catalina, who, although the youngest, was the most like her and the wisest of her children?  How would the power balance of 15th and 16thcentury Europe have shifted if Catalina had been the powerful queen regnant of Spain and not one of the 'merry wives' of Windsor?
With a joint effort Isabella Unashamed is written by two authors from very different cultural backgrounds who have nonetheless, joined together to create a haunting portrait of Spain's most famous queen, as well as a glimpse of what might have been had Isabella been wiser.

 

Carolina Casas

Carolina Casas has  a BA in History from the University of Texas at El Paso. Her hobbies are reading, writing, and drawing.

History has always been a big passion of hers. Her love of learning is strong and she believes history is not exact because there are so many gaps missing and the records are not absolute truth. Her favorite historical figures are  Elizabeth I of England, Isabella I of Castile, Edward I of England, Emperor Justinian and his consort, Theodora, Lady Xoc, wife of Itzamnaaj B’alam II, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, Hatshepsut, Empress Wu Zetian, and Rameses II.

Helen R. Davis

Helen R. Davis is a Savant author, editor and proofreader. Her debut novel, CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED, explores the myth, legend, and history behind Cleopatra VII, the final queen of Egypt, and imagines how the world would have been different if she and her second husband, Marc Antony, had triumphed at the Battle of Actium, which was an important naval battle in the 1st century B.C. She has previously been featured online at http://buckrail.com/176398731699027968/casper-is-home-to-a-budding-historical-fictio, which is an online news source for her hometown of Casper, Wyoming.

 

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