The Last Queen

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The Last Queen

The Confessions of Catherine de Medici

Juana Of Castile, third child of Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand of Spain, never expected to become queen. Proud of her heritage and willing to sacrifice for her country, she married Philip, heir to the Habsburg Empire. Juana unexpectedly falls in love with her husband, content to be mother and wife. Even after Philip betrays their marriage vows, Juana returns to him, willing to continue their marriage. After her brother and sister dies, Juana is heir to the Spanish throne, she must chose between her husband and her country. Threatened on all sides, Juana fights to save her country and her crown.
C. W. Gortner has brought to life a look at the life of Spain’s last queen of Spanish blood. While history has called her Juana the Mad, Gortner has written a book that makes her a woman who fought against numerous forces beyond her control, seeking to protect her country and children. This well-researched book has richly developed characters and intrigue and passion for all. Any fan of history will enjoy reading this brilliantly written story. C. W. Gortner has established a name for himself in historical fiction with “The Last Queen.”


Book Blurb for The Last Queen

One of history's most enigmatic women tells the haunting, passionate story of her tumultuous life. 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. One by one, tragedy decimates Juana's family in Spain. Suddenly, she finds herself heiress to Castile - a realm on the verge of chaos, prey to avaracious nobles and scheming lords bent on thwarting her rule. Juana vows to win her throne, until the betrayal of those she loves plunges her into a ruthless battle of wills - a struggle of corruption, perfidy, and heart-shattering deceit that could cost her the crown, her freedom, and her very life. From the somber majesty of Renaissance Spain to the glittering courts of Flanders, France and Tudor England, Juana of Castile reveals her life and secrets in this captivating historical novel of romance, grandeur, power and treachery by the acclaimed author of "The Secret Lion."

Night Owl Reviews May, 2009 4.75