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Sister Queens: The Noble, Tragic Lives Of Katherine Of Aragon And Juana, Queen Of Castile - Julia Fox
Sister Queens: The Noble, Tragic Lives Of Katherine Of Aragon And Juana, Queen Of Castile
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'Sister Queens' retells a familiar story in a completely fresh way. It's a gripping tale of love, of sacrifice, of the demands of duty, and of the conflict between ambition and loyalty. Katherine (better known as Katherine of Aragon, Henry VIII's first queen) and Juana, daughters of Ferdinand and... show more
'Sister Queens' retells a familiar story in a completely fresh way. It's a gripping tale of love, of sacrifice, of the demands of duty, and of the conflict between ambition and loyalty. Katherine (better known as Katherine of Aragon, Henry VIII's first queen) and Juana, daughters of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain, were sister queens. While their royal birth conferred entry into a world of privilege and plenty, as it did for their two siblings, Isabella and Maria, it came with a devastating personal price-tag. Since monarchs operated within an international as well as a domestic setting, it was inevitable that Ferdinand and Isabella would use their children as dynastic pawns, but daughters, unlike sons, were expendable. They might be happy, they might not. It was largely a matter of chance. Isabella and Maria, married to Portuguese princes, both died young and far from home. And when they too were sent as brides to foreign shores, Katherine and Juana were to need all their courage, resolve and inner strength as they faced the harsh realities of life in a male-dominated world.
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Format: kindle
ASIN: B0050C86WW
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
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Sty of Books
Sty of Books rated it
1.0 Sister Queens: The Noble, Tragic Lives Of Katherine Of Aragon And Juana, Queen Of Castile
I didn't like this book because it seemed to lack a focus. It was mostly written in a chronological order. However, I'm not sure what the focus was in the lives of Katherine and Juana. In the beginning, there seems to be no focus, but the book gains more of a focus as it progresses. I think it's an ...
jemidar
jemidar rated it
Accessible and easy to read biography of Katherine of Aragon and Juana of Castile. Like many of Alison Weir's bios this offering from Fox reads more like a novel than a bio and is pitched often in quite simplistic terms. There were several stylistic quirks that drove me nuts but on the whole it wa...
Telynor's Library, and then some
Telynor's Library, and then some rated it
4.0
Smart, insightful look at two daughters of Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain, and what became of them. While Katherine of Aragon has been written about endlessly, Juana of Castile's story tends to get overlooked. While I could have hoped for more about Juana, this is still a decent read, and a good, s...
misfitandmom
misfitandmom rated it
This book is about two sisters, the daugthers of Ferdinand and Isabella. Katherine of Aragon was the first of Henry VIII's six wives and queen of England, and Juana was married to Philip of Burgundy, and became queen upon her mother's death. Much of this history is fairly well known and doesn't need...
Reflections
Reflections rated it
5.0 Sister Queens: The Noble, Tragic Lives of Katherine of Aragon and Juana, Queen of Castile
Sister Queens, an insightful and engrossing dual biography, contrasts the lives of Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of Henry VIII, and Juana, Queen of Castile, both daughters of Spanish rulers Isabel I and Ferdinand II who are best known for their patronage of Christopher Columbus and their est...
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