The Queen's Vow

The Queen's Vow

A Novel of Isabella of Castile

Book - 2012
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Isabella of Castile, the intelligent and fiery Spanish queen known today for funding the voyages of Christopher Columbus, begins this historical novel as a mere pawn in the decadent court of her weak, older brother. When controversy arises over the legitimacy of her brother's heir, Isabella's tenacity and ruthlessness allow her to seize the throne with the help of her beloved Ferdinand of Aragon. After she is crowned, however, Isabella faces continued threats to the security of the realm not only from outside sources but also from Ferdinand's own pride and arrogance.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345523969
Branch Call Number: FICTION GOR
Characteristics: 382 p. : map, geneal. table ; 25 cm


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WVMLlibrarian Jun 24, 2017

A tale inspired by the life of the Spanish warrior-queen traces her rise from a defiant daughter of an exiled widow to a powerful monarch who risks her life to marry her true love before financing Columbus's voyage to America and healing her fractured kingdom.

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Jul 31, 2015

Fascinating novel about Isabella and Ferdinand. A good portion of it is actually devoted to the years before they were crowned king and queen. I knew about their accomplishments (and mistakes) as rulers, but I didn't know much about their early years. I had no idea Isabella's childhood was so tumultuous.

Aug 08, 2013

This is an easy to read, fictional account of the life story of Isabella of Castille. I thought the author took some liberties by having the book written in first person from the perspective of Isabella herself but if you are not a stickler for historical accuracy you will find this an interesting story.

Oct 15, 2012

A decent story but it took great liberties with the story of Isabela de Trastamara. There is absolutely no evidence that Isabel met Ferdinand of Aragon prior to her wedding. There is plenty of evidence that under the circumstances Ferdinand was the best suitor to support Isabela's bid for the crown of Castilla and keep the kingdom from being absorbed by another nation. The love story began on their wedding night and the couple became a mighty force together. They were greater than the sum of their parts.

It was also disappointing that the author continued to tire old chestnut that the scientists of Isabela's disagreed with Columbus because they though the earth was flat. That has been disproved as contemporary document showed that their disagreement with Columbus was calculation of the circumference of the Earth. The court scientists held that the earth was bigger around that Columbus had calculated and that Asia was further than his estimates. They were right and Columbus was wrong, but fortunately he collided with the New World.

slutbucket Jul 28, 2012

Excellent read, just the right amount of history and back story. It gives the reader a new perspective on this amazing Queen.

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