Over the weekend, I received the news that a bookshop owned by one of my friends is closing down; she invited me over to go through her stock before she opened the store for the final sale. Although it is sad news, I always hate to hear that bookshops are closing; I did purchase a rather large number of books, some for myself and of course a lovely amount for the dear readers of Royal Reviews. Keeping watching Royal Reviews throughout the months to come for brilliant giveaways.
It’s HISTORIC SPAIN WEEK here at Royal Reviews. To kick-off this week, I have a lovely trio of books to giveaway for one lucky winner.
The Giveaway consists of two book featuring Juana of Castile and one featuring Catherine of Aragon:
The Last Queen by C.W. Gartner (Paperback)
Juana la Loca, one of history's most enigmatic
and forgotten queens, tells the story of her tumultous life...
Daughter of Isabel and Ferdinand of Spain, Juana bears witness to the fall of Granada and Columbus’s discoveries. At the age of sixteen, she is sent to wed Philip, Hapsburg archduke of Flanders, 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, but when tragedy strikes and she inherits the Spanish throne, she finds herself plunged into a battle for power. Besieged by foes, 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 everything.
From the somber majesty of Spain to the glittering and lethal courts of Flanders, France, and Tudor England, The Last Queen brings to life all the grandeur and drama of an incomparable era and the humanity of a courageous princess whose fight to claim her birthright captivated the world.
The Scroll of Seduction by Gioconda Belli (hardback)
On an outing from her boarding school, young Lucía meets Manuel, an art historian and exquisite storyteller, who shares with her the story of one of history's most tumultuous loves, in this novel by the major Nicaraguan poet and revolutionary Gioconda Belli. Manuel spins tales of the love of Queen Juana of Castile for her husband Prince Philippe the Handsome in 16th-century Spain, and of power-hungry relatives who dubbed her Joanna the Mad and barred her from the throne after Philippe's death. In present-day Spain, Lucía becomes so enthralled she begins to emulate the queen, and responds to Manuel's obsessive seduction.
The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory (hardback)
"Katherine of Aragon is born Catalina, the Spanish Infanta, to parents who are both kings and crusaders. At the age of three, she is betrothed to Prince Arthur, son and heir of Henry VII of England, and is raised to be Princess of Wales. She knows that it is her destiny to rule that far-off, wet, cold land." "Her faith is tested when her prospective father-in-law greets her arrival in her new country with a great insult; Arthur seems little better than a boy; the food is strange and the customs coarse. Slowly she adapts to the first Tudor court, and life as Arthur's wife grows ever more bearable. Unexpectedly in this arranged marriage, a tender and passionate love develops." But when the studious young man dies, she is left to make her own future: how can she now be queen, and found a dynasty? Only by marrying Arthur's young brother, the sunny but spoilt Henry. His father and grandmother are against it; her powerful parents prove little use. Yet Katherine is her mother's daughter and her fighting spirit is indomitable. She will do anything to achieve her aim; even if it means telling the greatest lie, and holding to it
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