The Last Queen

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Hodder & Stoughton, Sep 10, 2010 - Fiction - 300 pages
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Married at sixteen. A queen at twenty-five. Declared insane and locked up by the men she adored. Juana 'la Loca' - the last true queen of Spain. Juana - daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella and sister to Catherine of Aragon - 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. She was never meant to be more than his consort and mother to his heirs; but, after tragedy decimates her family, she finds herself heiress to the throne of Spain. Suddenly Juana is plunged into a ruthless battle of ambition and treachery, with the future of Spain and her own freedom at stake. Told in Juana's voice, THE LAST QUEEN is the enthralling and moving tale of a woman ahead of her time, who fought fiercely for her birthright in the face of an unimaginable betrayal. Juana's story is one of history's darkest secrets, brought vividly to life in this exhilarating novel.

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User Review  - Schlyne - LibraryThing

I read this one after The Queen's Vow: A Novel Of Isabella Of Castile. I wish this book had a family tree with a timeline in it, as it would have made things easier to put into place. It's interesting to see how things went after Isabella died. It's an interesting take on Queen Juana. Read full review

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User Review  - cathyskye - LibraryThing

I read quite a bit of European history when I was in high school and college, and all I knew of Juana of Castile was her nickname: Juana La Loca-- Joanna the Mad. The nickname intrigued me because ... Read full review

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C.W. Gortner is half-Spanish by birth and his formative years were spent in southern Spain, where his lifelong fascination with history began. After years of working as a fashion marketer and editor, he returned to college to pursue a Masters in Fine Arts in Writing. He lives in Northern California with his partner and their Welsh Pembroke Corgi, and welcomes visitors at: www.cwgortner.com

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