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The Last Queen: A Novel - C.W. Gortner
The Last Queen: A Novel
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Juana of Castile, the last queen of Spanish blood to inherit her country’s throne, has been for centuries an enigmatic figure shrouded in lurid myth. Was she the bereft widow of legend who was driven mad by her loss, or has history misjudged a woman who was ahead of her time? In his stunning new... show more
Juana of Castile, the last queen of Spanish blood to inherit her country’s throne, has been for centuries an enigmatic figure shrouded in lurid myth. Was she the bereft widow of legend who was driven mad by her loss, or has history misjudged a woman who was ahead of her time? In his stunning new novel, C. W. Gortner challenges the myths about Queen Juana, unraveling the mystery surrounding her to reveal a brave, determined woman we can only now begin to fully understand.The third child of Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand of Spain, Juana is born amid her parents’ ruthless struggle to unify their kingdom, bearing witness to the fall of Granada and Columbus’s discoveries. At the age of sixteen, she is sent to wed Philip, the archduke of Flanders, as part of her parents’ strategy to strengthen Spain, just as her youngest sister, Catherine of Aragon, is sent to England to become the first wife of Henry VIII. Juana finds unexpected love and passion with her handsome young husband, the sole heir to the Habsburg Empire. At first she is content with her children and her life in Flanders. But when tragedy strikes and she inherits the Spanish throne, Juana finds herself plunged into a battle for power against her husband that grows to involve the major monarchs of Europe. Besieged by foes on all sides, her intelligence and pride used as weapons against her, Juana vows to secure her crown and save Spain from ruin, even if it could cost her everything.With brilliant, lyrical prose, novelist and historian C. W. Gortner conjures Juana through her own words, taking the reader from the somber majesty of Spain to the glittering and lethal courts of Flanders, France, and Tudor England. The Last Queen brings to life all the grandeur and drama of an incomparable era, and the singular humanity of this courageous, passionate princess whose fight to claim her birthright captivated the world.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780345501844 (0345501845)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
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Sharon E. Cathcart
Sharon E. Cathcart rated it
4.0
I've been a fan of C.W. Gortner's work for a few years now. His research is always impeccable, and his prose is rich.This book is no exception. "The Last Queen" is the story of "Juana the Mad," the last queen of Castile. Her parents, Ferdinand and Isabella, are getting older and they arrange a marri...
Dem
Dem rated it
4.0 The Last Queen: A Novel
The last Queen a Novel by C.W. Gortner tells the moving tale of Juana la Loca (the mad)." She was if nothing else an extraordinary figure for her time" I love Historical Fiction but am not a fan of novels about the English Throne and was delighted when I came across this Novel which brings to lif...
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More of the Most Happy Reader rated it
4.0 The Last Queen: A Novel
I selected The Last Queen by C. W. Gortner because the novel explores the life of Juana of Spain, daughter of Isabella and Ferdinand and sister of Catherine of Aragon. She married Phillip the Fair of Flanders and two of their sons were to become Holy Roman Emperors (Charles V and Ferdinand I). The...
K.
K. rated it
I had a lot of feelings while reading this book. I came to really love and enjoy Juana's narrative so much that I was dreading the end, knowing how her life was going to turn out. The scene where she was waiting in the wings to confront her power-hungry husband and the Cortes? I was anxious, my hear...
Blodeuedd
Blodeuedd rated it
3.0 The Last Queen
It's hard to grade this one, for my personal enjoyment it gets a lesser grade cos I felt so sad, but as for the writing and story it gets a higher grade. Because it was really good.Juana de Loca as she is known as did not have an easy life. Married at 16 to a handsome prince she was happy, for a whi...
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