Castile for Isabella [Pdf ebook] by Jean Plaidy

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HenryIV; and at length ascending the throne Ferdinand beside her Meanwhile Henry IV weak and in the hands of favourites had married a frivolous and immoral Princess whose illicit love affair brought scandal and confusion to Castile with the birth of a child whose legitimacy was in do. I really liked the reading I think Jean Plaidy had the touch to write historical novels The only thing i disagree on this reading is about Henry IV of Castile Reading about him is impossible to don t believe that he was homosexual Even his illness that took his life it s suspicious I know that there s a chance about being rumours created by his enemies and even his impotence but his court was full of libertinism Of course we ll never know the real truth but a man that was married twice only had a daughter which the paternity was uestioned and lived in a frivolous court and was a weak ruler is suspicious Now about Isabella Since her childhood she had to

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Castile for Isabella covers the early life of the most significant of all Spanish monarchs Isabella of Castile Isabella is seen as a young girlwithin a few steps of the throne; first in the care of an ambitious but unbalanced mother; later in the licentious court of her half brother. This novel begins the story of a young Isabella born in 1451 to daughter to King John II of Castile Isabella of Portugal She is older sister to Alfonso who is in his cradle at the opening of this novel She has a great sisterly love for her older brother Henry IV of Castile who became King of Castile after John died in 1454 The novel revolves around Isabella and her mother who is mentally unstable and the court of Henry with the drama resulting in certain factions and their choice as the proper heir of Castile Isabella and Ferdinand are betrothed early on and Isabella only has prayers and thoughts for that day they are to be together She recognizes him

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Ubt These were momentous years in Spanish history for here was a country in the grip of anarchy with a royal house divided against itself But Isabella firm serene and courageous was dedicated to an idea; to bring law and order toan all Christian Castile and to marry Ferdinand of Arag. I first read this book as a teenager and loved it at the time Back then I was just discovering historical fiction and was devouring Jean Plaidy s work along with many others I found it again on my bookshelf and decided to give it another goI still like it though I now have a much wider reading background to support my thoughts about it It s a readable book though like a history book than a novel It s well researched and has great historical detail


10 thoughts on “Castile for Isabella

  1. says:

    After having read Weir's stunning fictionalization of Katherine of Aragon I thought I'd step farther back in time and read about her mother Isabella of Castile Jean Plaidy wrote a trio of books about her from childhood onward This first book b

  2. says:

    First part of a set of biographical novels about Isabella of Castile who funded Columbus and oversaw the creation of the Inuisition The usual fairly historically sound not entirely product of the busy pen of Jean Plaidy

  3. says:

    This novel begins the story of a young Isabella born in 1451 to daughter to King John II of Castile Isabella of Portugal She is older sister

  4. says:

    I really liked the reading I think Jean Plaidy had the touch to write historical novels The only thing i disagre

  5. says:

    As the title suggests this historical fiction novel is based on the real life of one of – if not the – most famous Spanish ueens Set in t

  6. says:

    I was so looking forward to this book as we recently visited this area of Spain and I thought I should know about its history The novel did not disappoint in this respect but I always see a novel as a film in my mind and the dialogu

  7. says:

    I enjoyed it but if any of it was based on actual fact I'm glad I wasn't in line for the throne in those days Too many people wanting power doing anything to get it

  8. says:

    To me this book was a little dry almost like reading a history book than a novel I think it's because the storytelling relies heavily on dialogue and thoughts there isn't much description of the castles villages and other

  9. says:

    I first read this book as a teenager and loved it at the time Back then I was just discovering historical fiction and was devouring Jean Plaid

  10. says:

    One of Plaidy's earlier historical series this is a tightly written tale of the childhood of Isabella of Castille Trapped between her