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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 everythingWith 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 ueen 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 worl AFTER READING Wow another 5 star book F A B U L O U S First let me mention that the status updates are wrong There are 428 pages in this book Now I will try and summarize a teeny bit why I loved it and let me say I am hooked bait line and sinker; I have to read about the royal history It is not fluff and swooning love affairs and banuets and fancy clothing At least not in this book It is about what motivates people All of us both the common and the royal classes Both today and yesterday It is about family ties motherdaughter relationships the demands we place on those loved ones whom are strong versus those who are less so It is about how men and women and how although we are eual perhaps do not see things the same way Of course there are always exceptions When one has lived in different countries as I have you recognize different cultural characteristics Of course not all French are so and Belgians so Americans so and Swedes so but you do see some general tendencies The same can be said about women versus men and how they look on life issues And this book talks about Spanish versus Hapsburg cultural characteristics I found this very relevant to life here in Belgium I understand Belgians a teeny bit better because their history has molded who they are today This book was terribly exciting As it neared the end I thought OK now it is over and then in the second to the last chapter wow you will be blown away I write in my books I wrote OMG dozens of times in just chapter 32 the second to the last chapter of the book VERY EXCITING This ueen Juana is called Juana the Mad You will truly understand why One thing which is very important the book ends with a clear explanation of what is fact and what is fiction For me this is essential This is a superb author Thank you C W Gortner for doing this and thank you for the map And GooodReads thank you for bring this book to my attention It has opened up a whole new genre to me I was worried that I might not appreciate the book bc I am kind of distracted by our new puppy Oscar Not at allCan somebody recommend a good book about Charles V Juana's son head of the Holy Roman Empire I am looking for undry nonfiction or moving but correct historical fictionBEFORE READINGHaving read Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree by Tari Ali a while ago I wanted to learn In the book by Ali Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain threw out the Moors and sent Columbus to America They had a daughter named Juana and Gortner's book is about her Catherine of Aragon who was the first wife of the notorious Henry VIII is Juana's sister Juana and her husband Philip the Fair will raise their son ro become Charles V ruler of the Holy Roman Empire Reading about royal European families is a totally new area for me I hope I am not engulfed with petty descriptions of clothes and balls and all that stuff Charles V played a significant role in Sarah Dinant's book entitled In the Company of the Courtesan which I thoroughly enjoyed I am relying on Gortner's good writing skills in the hope that I will be spared fluff Cross your fingers for me; too much fluff and I might throw out all attempts to tackle European royalty

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The Last ueenJuana of Castile the last ueen of Spanish blood to The Last PDFEPUBinherit 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 ueen Juana unraveling the mystery surrounding her to reveal a brave determined woman we can only now begin to fully understandThe third child of ueen Isabel and King Ferdinand of Spain Juana is born amid her parents’ ruthless struggle to unify their kingdom bearing witne I have come to the conclusion after reading this novel that to be a women born into royalty up until present times was a curse rather than a privilege Women were used as pawns in a human chess match I lost many hours of sleep reading hoping that something anything would go in Juana's favor note I forced myself not to use Google to see how it all would played out Even the most stable of people would loose any semblance of sanity after the events she endured Sane or not in the end she was still a woman a daughter and a mother who deserved much that what life gave her I commend CWG on highlighting the woman behind the label A very compelling novel


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FREE MOBI ´ DOC The Last ueen 9780345501844 ´ ✻ [BOOKS] ✯ The Last ueen By C.W. Gortner ❅ – Juana of Castile the last ueen 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 Ss 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 only thing I knew about Isabella of Spain was that she financed Christopher Columbus’ voyage and her daughter Catherine was King Henry VIII’s wife I did not know anything about another daughter Juana until I read this book That being said Gortner wrote a different and intriguing view of Juana He gave her power passion and strength in this novel since her “madness” has often been disputed I also enjoyed learning about the time period the monarchies the politics and the ruthlessness of the age Personally it was slow in the beginning but I'm glad I stayed with it because it did pick up This story is not about her whole life but a snippet of it Thanks to Wikipedia and other websites I was able to find out information about her