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It is a masterwork by a skilled craftsman to weave the fictional with the factual in such an entertaining manner. It is a tale that will delight romantics and historians alike. Enter your keywords. Author s :. Release Date:. June 12, Buy on Amazon. Reviewed by:. Nicole Langan. Overall, make a vow to read this book. Rumors fly that the young Queen has gone mad, driven insane by possessiveness. Locked away in a palace and unseen by her people for the next forty-six years, Juana of Castile begins one of the most controversial reigns in Spanish history, one that earned her the title of Juana the Mad.

Summer A time of danger and deceit. Brendan Prescott, an orphan, is reared in the household of the powerful Dudley family.

A Novel of Isabella of Castile

Brought to court, Prescott finds himself sent on an illicit mission to the king's brilliant but enigmatic sister, Princess Elizabeth. But Brendan is soon compelled to work as a double agent by Elizabeth's protector, William Cecil, who promises in exchange to help him unravel the secret of his own mysterious past. A dark plot swirls around Elizabeth's quest to unravel the truth about the ominous disappearance of her seriously ill brother, King Edward VI.

With only a bold stable boy and an audacious lady-in-waiting at his side, Brendan plunges into a ruthless gambit of half-truths, lies, and murder. Filled with the intrigue and pageantry of Tudor England, C. Matilda, daughter of Henry I, knows that there are those who will not accept her as England's queen when her father dies. But the men who support her rival, and cousin, Stephen do not know the iron will that drives her. She will win her inheritance against all odds, and despite all men. Adeliza, Henry's widowed queen and Matilda's stepmother, is now married to William D'Albini, a warrior who is fighting to keep Matilda off the throne.

But Adeliza, born with a strength that can sustain her through heartrending pain, knows that the crown belongs to a woman this time. Both women will stand and fight for what they know is right.

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But for Matilda, pride comes before a fall. And for Adeliza, even the deepest love is no proof against fate. Written with vivid detail and great historical accuracy, Lady of the English is a captivating historical novel of Medieval England. Fans of Philippa Gregory, Alison Weir, Sharon Kay Penman, and Bernard Cornwall will be spellbound by this well-crafted story of Henry I's daughter, his widow, and their alliance and perseverance as they fight for the rightful heir to the crown—a woman!

What reviewers are saying about Lady of the English "Lady of the English is a riveting historical fiction novel with thrilling drama and characters that fairly leap off of the page. Account Options Sign in. Top Charts. New Arrivals. Gortner June 12, Switch to the audiobook. Make a vow to read this book. Suspected of treason and held captive, she treads a perilous path, torn between loyalties, until at age seventeen she suddenly finds herself heiress of Castile, the largest kingdom in Spain.

With the future of her throne at stake, Isabella resists the zealous demands of the inquisitor Torquemada even as she is seduced by the dreams of an enigmatic navigator named Columbus. More by C. Gortner See more. The Last Queen: A Novel. In this stunning novel, C.

Her deep connection to Maelgwn is forged by enchantment, but she is promised in marriage to Rhydderch, son of a Christian king. She is happy to stay at home when King James of Scotland succeeds to the throne. His court may be shockingly decadent, but his intolerant Puritanism sees witchcraft in many of the old customs - punishable by death. Eleanor of Aquitaine's story is legendary. She is an icon who has fascinated readers for over years. But the real Eleanor remains elusive - until now. Based on the most up-to-date research, best-selling novelist Elizabeth Chadwick brings Eleanor's magnificent story to life, as never before.

Young, vibrant, privileged, Eleanor's future is golden as the heiress to wealthy Aquitaine. But when her beloved father dies suddenly in the summer of , her childhood ends abruptly. Scholars and contemporaries alike have deemed her a manipulative woman who used her great beauty and sensuality to take advantage of an aging and increasingly senile king. But who was the woman behind the scandal? A cold-hearted opportunist - or someone fighting for her very survival? Jane Lambert, the quick-witted and alluring daughter of a silk merchant, is twenty-two and still unmarried.

Acclaimed author C. Gortner envisages the turbulent early years of a woman whose mythic rise to power would go on to transform a monarchy, a nation, and the world. There Isabella is thrust into danger when she becomes an unwitting pawn in a plot to dethrone Enrique.

Suspected of treason and held captive, she treads a perilous path, torn between loyalties, until at age seventeen she suddenly finds herself heiress of Castile, the largest kingdom in Spain. Plunged into a deadly conflict to secure her crown, she is determined to wed the one man she loves yet who is forbidden to her - Fernando, prince of Aragon.

With the future of her throne at stake, Isabella resists the zealous demands of the inquisitor Torquemada even as she is seduced by the dreams of an enigmatic navigator named Columbus. I had listened to other books by C. Gortner and was expecting a great historical fiction novel. As expected, The Queen's Vow does not disappoint. Rosalyn Landor is one of my favorite narrators, and again, she delivered a great performance.

a book review by Nicole Langan: The Queen's Vow: A Novel of Isabella of Castile

The book forced me to rethink this. I feel like like my knowledge of this period in Spanish history had broadened, and it happened in a most pleasurable way. The author provides a glimpse into late medieval Spanish society that is informative and captivating.


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The story weaves a convincing image of the intrigue and the limitations that even the most exalted in society had to contend with. It was a dark and dangerous time. The reality of life at that time and place is portrayed from the point of view of a woman of the period--a person who others sought to manipulate, but who was able to rise above expectations and do what she thought was right.

Isabella of Castile was a remarkable personality. Her decisions and accomplishments would shape our world.

From our vantage point, over years later, some or her choices definitely seem misguided, but how many of us could have done better given her circumstances? In fact, anyone who has taken time to learn about Isabella and late 15th century Europe would know that she went out of her way to look after her country and her subjects. Who was your favorite character and why? Isabella was my favorite character. She is portrayed as a flawed but courageous woman, who was mostly able to make the best of the challenges she confronted.

How does this one compare? I have no basis for comparison.

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I think she showed talent in portraying the "voice" of various characters. Unfortunately, her pronunciation of Castilian Spanish was a disappointment. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? Any additional comments? The narrator should have worked a little more on her Castilian pronunciation before taking on this project. Spanish is not a particularly difficult language to pronounce for an English speaker, but one has to follow some basic rules.

For example, one should know which syllable in a word takes the accent. In "Cadiz" the accent is always on the first syllable.