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Monday, August 8, 2011

Historic Spain Giveaway

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

Giveaway is International. To enter please leave your name and a valid email address. Giveaway ends, August, 25.

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Roberta said...

Wow...can't believe that I'm the first commenter for this lovely trio of books! Thanks for a fabulous giveaway ;)

Blodeuedd said...

Ohhhhhh great ones :D Yes of course I am in

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Rachel said...

These look like fantastic books, please enter me!

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Anonymous said...

What a great group of books. Please enter me.


Colleen Turner said...

Awesome giveaway!!!! I would love to win!
Colleen Turner

Terri C. said...

Thanks so much for such and wonderful, generous, giveaway.

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Margaret said...

I absolutely want these! Count me in for sure! Thanks!


Elegant Female said...

All three sound great! I'd love to win!

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Stephanie said...

I am looking forward to reading all three of these. Thanks for the opportunity.

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Cat said...

What a fantastic trio to win. Thanks for the opportunity.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for this wonderful giveaway. 3 awesome books is just what I need to keep me reading even more. lol

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google/blogger will not let me comment on this type comment form so using Anon.

Na said...

Wow, this is a fantastic giveaway.


Michele said...

I'm sorry your friend's shop is closing...it makes me sad when bookstores close, too.
Thank you for thinking of us
rlawrence110 at yahoo dot com

Ranurgis said...

What a great giveaway! Thanks so much for offering it.

I can't imagine a world without books; I've got a lot of them myself. In order to save space, however, I'm also starting to get current books as e-books. It certainly makes it easier to take along reading material on trips or elsewhere.

Ranurgis said...

Oops, I guess I forgot the e-mail address.
sraschulz at inbox dot com

Princess of Eboli said...

Hi I read the Scroll of Seduction and is a great book, very intense...:)

buddyt said...

I can't remember reading many (or indeed any) historicals set in Spain !

Don't ask me why as I imagine that country would provide rich fields for historicals especially with Spain being a "superpower" in earlier times.

So I would be very interested in reading these books.

Please enter me in the giveaway and thank you very much for opening it to worldwide entries.

Much appreciated.

Carol T

buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

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Lieder Madchen said...

These books look very interesting, thank you for sharing!


Carol L. said...

This is an amazing giveaway. Three books I'd love to read. It's very sad the number of Book store closing. Makes me ill to think of i. I love books and have Many. :)Thanks for this chance to win. Good luck to everyone.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Karen Barr said...

Love a giveaway


Maureen said...

What a wonderful giveaway!
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Mystica said...

What wonderful covers on those books. Thank you ever so much for sharing and making it open to all. Much appreciated.


Nancy said...

Wow. All three of these look really good. Thanks for the chance.

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Melissa said...

These look great-Thanks for the chance to win!

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phastings said...

What wonderful novels. I've read a lot of novels set in Italy, but not Spain. I'm enjoying historic Spain week. Thanks!

SusanB said...

What a great giveaway! I love historical fiction. Thank you.

Sharli said...

Wow! Awesome giveaway! Thank you so much! I don't think I've ever read a historical novel set in Spain.

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