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Isabella: The Warrior Queen - Kirstin Downey, Kimberly Farr

Apart from the bare historical bones and facts of Isabella's story, there is little in this book to be recommended.


I posted previously about Downey's offensive, clumsy, and one-dimensional views and explanations of such sensitive topics as The Inquisition and religious persecution.


I can't really recommend this book. I suppose it did the bare minimum of what I wanted--an account of Isabella's life--but it severely damages the concept of socially-aware history that is every historian's duty. 


Tut, tut.