The Last Queen
In this stunning novel, C. W. Gortner brings to life Juana of Castile, the third child of Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand of Spain, who would become the last queen of Spanish blood to inherit her country’s throne. Along the way, Gortner takes the reader from the somber majesty of Spain to the... show more
In this stunning novel, C. W. Gortner brings to life Juana of Castile, the third child of Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand of Spain, who would become the last queen of Spanish blood to inherit her country’s throne. Along the way, Gortner takes the reader from the somber majesty of Spain to the glittering and lethal courts of Flanders, France, and Tudor England.Born amid her parents’ ruthless struggle to unify and strengthen their kingdom, Juana, at the age of sixteen, is sent to wed Philip, heir to the Habsburg Empire. Juana finds unexpected love and passion with her dashing young husband, and at first she is content with her children and her married life. But when tragedy strikes and she becomes heir to 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, Juana vows to secure her crown and save Spain from ruin, even if it costs her everything.
Publish date: May 5th 2009
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...