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"No one believed I was destined for greatness." So begins Isabella's story in this evocative, vividly imagined novel about one of history's most famous and controversial queens by the author of the acclaimed historical novels The Last Queen and The Confessions of Catherine de Medici.Queen Isabella was the warrior who united a fractured country, the champion of the faith whose reign gave rise to the Inquisition, and the visionary who sent Columbus to discover a New World. Gortner envisages the turbulent early years of a woman whose mythic rise to power would go on to transform a monarchy, a nation and the world.