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In this stunning novel, C. W. Gortner brings to life Juana of Castile, the third child of Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand of Spain, who would become the last queen of Spanish blood to inherit her country's throne. Along the way, Gortner takes the reader from the somber majesty of Spain to the glittering and lethal courts of Flanders, France, and Tudor England.

Born amid her parents' ruthless struggle to unify and strengthen their kingdom, Juana, at the age of sixteen, is sent to wed Philip, heir to the Habsburg Empire. Juana finds unexpected love and passion with her dashing young husband, and at first she is content with her children and her married life. But when tragedy strikes and she becomes heir to 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, Juana vows to secure her crown and save Spain from ruin, even if it costs her everything.

Praise for The Last Queen

"This moving tale of Juana la Loca (the Mad) vividly re-creates the passion, politics, and betrayals that drove a smart and spirited queen to the brink of insanity . . . or perhaps, as C. W. Gortner suggests, to the pretense of insanity-a pretense that baffled Juana' s enemies and led to triumph for her children and her country. The Last Queen is an absorbing account of one of history's most fascinating women, from her never-before-told point of view." --Donna Woolfolk Cross, author of Pope Joan

"I ached for this intelligent, one-of-a-kind queen. Her struggle and passion kept me up until the early hours of the morning. A page-turner, a nail-biter, an eye-opener: I loved being possessed by The Last Queen!" --Ki Longfellow, author of The Secret Magdalene

"A vibrant tapestry of love and hate . . . brings to life an extraordinary queen at an unforgettable time in history." --Sandra Worth, author of Lady of the Roses

"An exquisite evocation of a dangerous era and of a forgotten queen." --Holly Payne, author of The Virgin' s Knot

"Gripping and unforgettable . . . captures Juana of Castile's electrifying drama." --Judith Merkle Riley, author of The Water Devil
ISBN: 9780345501851
Branch Call Number: PB FICTION GOR


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WVMLlibrarian Jun 24, 2017

A fictional portrait of the last queen of Spanish blood to inherit the throne chronicles the troubled and turbulent life of Juana of Castile, daughter of Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand, sister of Catherine of Aragon, and mother of Hapsburg Emperor Charles V, as she becomes caught up in the fierc... Read More »

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Jul 18, 2015

Extremely compelling and masterful story of Catherine of Aragon's sister, Juana La Loca. Gortner shows through meticulous research and great writing that Juana--dismissed by her male contemporaries as erratic and insane--was actually a passionate and forward-thinking woman. She was caught up in political intrigue with an ultimately tragic result. Recommended for fans of the Tudor period!

Sep 27, 2012

Yes, i agree with previous comments. This was well written and provides a wonderful tale of what pssible could've happened and the motivations and struggles of an amazing woman! If you love historical fiction, Spain AND monarchy, en this is deifinitely a must-read!

cubswin1979 Feb 25, 2011

A very interesting read from a great author!!!

Jul 08, 2010

I read this book for the Adult summer reading club. Of the three this was my favorite, definitely hard to put down. The book allows the reader a revealing look at the royal "mind set" and lifestyle, as well as descriptive portraits of the Spanish countryside. Later however, as Juana (the last queen) comes of age, we are guided through complicated layers of deceit and treachery, secret alliances, and betrayal. All pressures, a queen who loves her country, must learn to navigate.

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