Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)
Published: July 29, 2008
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 034550741X
ISBN - 13: 9780345507419
From the Publisher
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from C. W. Gortner's
The Queen's Vow.
Juana of Castile, the last queen of Spanish blood to inherit her
country's throne, has been for centuries an enigmatic figure
shrouded in lurid myth. Was she the bereft widow of legend who was
driven mad by her loss, or has history misjudged a woman who was
ahead of her time? In his stunning new novel, C. W. Gortner
challenges the myths about Queen Juana, unraveling the mystery
surrounding her to reveal a brave, determined woman we can only now
begin to fully understand.
The third child of Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand of Spain, Juana
is born amid her parents' ruthless struggle to unify their kingdom,
bearing witness to the fall of Granada and Columbus' s discoveries.
At the age of sixteen, she is sent to wed Philip, the archduke of
Flanders, as part of her parents' strategy to strengthen Spain,
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, the sole heir to the Habsburg Empire. At first she is
content with her children and her life in Flanders. But when
tragedy strikes and she inherits the Spanish throne, Juana finds
herself plunged into a battle for power against her husband that
grows to involve the major monarchs of Europe. Besieged by foes on
all sides, 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.
With brilliant, lyrical prose, novelist and historian C. W.
Gortner conjures Juana through her own words, taking the reader
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 singular humanity of this courageous, passionate princess
whose fight to claim her birthright captivated the world.