The Last Queen

The Last Queen

A Novel

Book - 2008 | 1st ed.
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Juana of Castile is just thirteen when she witnesses the fall of Moorish Granada and uniting of the fractured kingdoms of Spain under her warrior parents, Isabel and Fernando. Intelligent and beautiful, proud of her heritage, Juana rebels against her fate when she is chosen as a bride for the Hapsburg heir-- until she arrives in Flanders and comes face-to-face with the prince known as Philip the Fair, a man who will bring her the greatest of passions, and the darkest despair.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345501851
9780345501844
0345501845
Branch Call Number: FIC GORTNER
Characteristics: 368 p. : map ; 25 cm.

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CrochetCat374
Jul 18, 2015

Extremely compelling and masterful story of Catherine of Aragon's sister, Juana La Loca. Gortner shows through meticulous research and great writing that Juana--dismissed by her male contemporaries as erratic and insane--was actually a passionate and forward-thinking woman. She was caught up in political intrigue with an ultimately tragic result. Recommended for fans of the Tudor period!

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eloisatown
Sep 27, 2012

Yes, i agree with previous comments. This was well written and provides a wonderful tale of what pssible could've happened and the motivations and struggles of an amazing woman! If you love historical fiction, Spain AND monarchy, en this is deifinitely a must-read!

cubswin1979 Feb 25, 2011

A very interesting read from a great author!!!

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liaatsatt
Jul 08, 2010

I read this book for the Adult summer reading club. Of the three this was my favorite, definitely hard to put down. The book allows the reader a revealing look at the royal "mind set" and lifestyle, as well as descriptive portraits of the Spanish countryside. Later however, as Juana (the last queen) comes of age, we are guided through complicated layers of deceit and treachery, secret alliances, and betrayal. All pressures, a queen who loves her country, must learn to navigate.

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