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No one believed I was destined for
So begins Isabella's story, in this evocative, vividly imagined
novel about one of history's most famous and controversial
queens-the warrior who united a fractured country, the champion of
the faith whose reign gave rise to the Inquisition, and the
visionary who sent Columbus to discover a New World. Acclaimed
author C. W. Gortner envisages the turbulent early years of a woman
whose mythic rise to power would go on to transform a monarchy, a
nation, and the world.
Young Isabella is barely a teenager when she and her brother are
taken from their mother's home to live under the watchful eye of
their half-brother, King Enrique, and his sultry, conniving queen.
There, Isabella is thrust into danger when she becomes an unwitting
pawn in a plot to dethrone Enrique. Suspected of treason and held
captive, she treads a perilous path, torn between loyalties, until
at age seventeen she suddenly finds herself heiress of Castile, the
largest kingdom in Spain. Plunged into a deadly conflict to secure
her crown, she is determined to wed the one man she loves yet who
is forbidden to her-Fernando, prince of Aragon.
As they unite their two realms under "one crown, one country, one
faith," Isabella and Fernando face an impoverished Spain beset by
enemies. With the future of her throne at stake, Isabella resists
the zealous demands of the inquisitor Torquemada even as she is
seduced by the dreams of an enigmatic navigator named Columbus. But
when the Moors of the southern domain of Granada declare war, a
violent, treacherous battle against an ancient adversary erupts,
one that will test all of Isabella's resolve, her courage, and her
tenacious belief in her destiny.
From the glorious palaces of Segovia to the battlefields of
Granada and the intrigue-laden gardens of Seville, The Queen's
Vow sweeps us into the tumultuous forging of a nation and the
complex, fascinating heart of the woman who overcame all odds to
become Isabella of Castile.
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Praise for The Queen's Vow
"A masterwork by a skilled craftsman . . . Make a vow to read this
book."-New York Journal of Books
"A beautifully crafted piece of historical fiction . . . Gortner's
vivid details blend with his deeply intensive research to re-create
Isabella and Castile in a way that the reader will find compelling
and immersive, bringing not just the Queen but the whole nation to
life."-RT Book Reviews
"A fascinating story . . . Through his creative and spellbinding
storytelling, Gortner's readers come to know Isabella intimately in
mind, heart and body as she lives through a tumultuous time, her
intense longing to be the determiner of her own unique
destiny."-Wichita Falls Times Record News
"A novel of triumph as Isabella vanquishes her enemies one by one
. . . [She is] a very human and appealing character."-The
"Politically charged, passionate . . . [a] well-researched,