The Last Queen

The Last Queen

Large Print - 2009
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Married at sixteen. A queen at twenty-five. Declared insane by the husband she adored, and locked up by her beloved father, Juana 'la Loca' was the last true queen of Spain. Daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella, and sister to Catherine of Aragon, she is a woman ruled by her passions. Her arranged marriage to Philip the Fair of Flanders begins as a fairytale romance when, despite never having met before their betrothal, they fall desperately in love. Never meant to be more than his consort and mother to his heirs, after tragedy decimates her family, Juana finds herself heiress to the throne of Spain. Suddenly plunged into a ruthless battle of ambition and treachery, the future of Spain - and her own freedom - is at stake.
Publisher: Anstey, Leicester : Thorpe, 2009.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781847827289
Branch Call Number: LP FIC GORT
Characteristics: 520 p. (large print) : ill., map ; 24 cm.


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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!

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!!!

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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