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  1. says:

    After having read Weir's stunning fictionalization of Katherine of Aragon I thought I'd step farther back in time and read about her mother Isabella of Castile Jean Plaidy wrote a trio of books about her from childhood onward This first book begins when she is four years old and her father King John dies leaving her and her brother Alphonso to be brought up isolated with their mother the mad ueen Isabella She is a religious fanatic prone to fits of nervous hysteria Isabella grows up to be a sullen pious princess obsessed with her betrothal to Ferdinand prince of Aragon Nothing will stand in her way of this marriage She is a singly minded young lady with a penchant for constant prayer Reading this account although fictional of her youth it's easy to see how she became the religious zealot who refused the divorce from Henry VIII and kept the title of ueen until she died She must have treated Mary the same way she was treated for Mary to have become what she was The apples didn't fall far from the tree on this family Plaidy did an excellent job of introducing Isabella to readers I think this is a must read for Tudor fans


  2. says:

    First part of a set of biographical novels about Isabella of Castile who funded Columbus and oversaw the creation of the Inuisition The usual fairly historically sound not entirely product of the busy pen of Jean Plaidy


  3. says:

    This novel begins the story of a young Isabella born in 1451 to daughter to King John II of Castile Isabella of Portugal She is older sister to Alfonso who is in his cradle at the opening of this novel She has a great sisterly love for her older brother Henry IV of Castile who became King of Castile after John died in 1454 The novel revolves around Isabella and her mother who is mentally unstable; and the court of Henry with the drama resulting in certain factions and their choice as the proper heir of Castile Isabella and Ferdinand are betrothed early on and Isabella only has prayers and thoughts for that day they are to be together She recognizes him as her saviour from an unfortunate life where she can be used as a pawn by rebellious factions of her older brother Henry's court Isabella stays true to herself and her upbringing and does not let others persuade her into an otherwise unhealthy alliance with anyone but her betrothed Ferdinand What were interesting were the characters surrounding Isabella and the myriad of unworthy people prying their way into Isabella's life She has an unstable mother a younger brother who is docile and loving and an older brother who is King of Castile but who is pretty much useless in all waysPlaidy stays the course in this novel and is not as gripping as some of her other novels yet Isabella as a young girl is not all that extraordinary yet rather pious her nickname is Isabella the Catholic The character of Isabella is that of practically a saint and her main focus is her betrothal and her vision of the alliance of Castile and Aragon It will be interesting to see how Ferdinand and Isabella strategize for power both in state matters and marriage with the next novel of the trilogy I'll give this one 35 stars


  4. says:

    I really liked the reading I think Jean Plaidy had the touch to write historical novels The only thing i disagree on this reading is about Henry IV of Castile Reading about him is impossible to don't believe that he was homosexual Even his illness that took his life it's suspicious I know that there's a chance about being rumours created by his enemies and even his impotence but his court was full of libertinism Of course we'll never know the real truth but a man that was married twice only had a daughter which the paternity was uestioned and lived in a frivolous court and was a weak ruler is suspicious Now about Isabella Since her childhood she had to learn to deal with her mother's madness She was a serious child always in alert Besides this Isabella knew that her brother Alfonso and herself would live under threats She lived during years trying to avoid problems with Henry After her brother Alfonso being poisoned Isabella was alone Under pressure to mary against her will by Henry's order she fastened an alliance by marrying Ferdinand of Aragon With this marriage Isabella fought for her rights on throne But even years later becoming the ueen of Castile Isabella will have to learn to persuade Ferdinand in accept his role as ueen's Consort Ferdinand grew up with the knowledge that his parents to secure his succession killed his half brother so become a consort isn't something he accepted it Castile for Isabella is a very interesting reading It show how Isabella learned to be strong and never give up to fulfill her ambition and rule Castile


  5. says:

    As the title suggests this historical fiction novel is based on the real life of one of – if not the – most famous Spanish ueens Set in the mid 1400s “Castile for Isabella” follows Isabella from the age of four up until her late teens when she becomes ueen Ferdinand the man she expected to marry since infanthood does not appear in her life for over a decade He also doesn’t feature in the book until near the end of the storyThis is the first book I’ve read by Jean Plaidy and I am very impressed with her writing style and ability to present a work of fiction based on fact She uses no unnecessary digressions thus the narrative keeps moving forwards with the only asides being relevant to the story Nothing is wasted The characters are believable the plot easy to followA very good read


  6. says:

    I was so looking forward to this book as we recently visited this area of Spain and I thought I should know about its history The novel did not disappoint in this respect but I always see a novel as a film in my mind and the dialogue seemed stilted and unreal The pace and story telling however is as excellent as ever and I really enjoyed the reading experience


  7. says:

    I enjoyed it but if any of it was based on actual fact I'm glad I wasn't in line for the throne in those days Too many people wanting power doing anything to get it


  8. says:

    To me this book was a little dry almost like reading a history book than a novel I think it's because the storytelling relies heavily on dialogue and thoughts there isn't much description of the castles villages and other spaces where the story is set The book also moved a bit slow in the beginning but it picked up speed later on I think Plaidy chose telling history over telling a gripping story and that's not a bad thing but the story could have been told in a captivating way Sometimes big leaps in time were taken but not clearly mentioned and it made the story a bit confusing to meThe factions at the court in Castile and the different sides that fought in the civil war were portrayed clearly and the motives people had for choosing one side or the other were described very well I liked that a lot about the book Also the strong personalities the characters are given really spoke to me


  9. says:

    I first read this book as a teenager and loved it at the time Back then I was just discovering historical fiction and was devouring Jean Plaidy's work along with many others I found it again on my bookshelf and decided to give it another goI still like it though I now have a much wider reading background to support my thoughts about it It's a readable book though like a history book than a novel It's well researched and has great historical detail


  10. says:

    One of Plaidy's earlier historical series this is a tightly written tale of the childhood of Isabella of Castille Trapped between her mentally unstable mother and dissolute half brother Isabella nevertheless manages to grow into a serious and dedicated princess of Castille ready to become ueen when the time comes


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Castile for Isabella covers the early life of the most significant of all Spanish monarchs Isabella of Castile Isabella is seen as a young girlwithin a few steps of the throne; first in the care of an ambitious but unbalanced mother; later in the licentious court of her half brother First part of a se Quran Made Easy the early life of Dare Me the most significant of all Spanish monarchs Isabella of Castile Isabella is seen as a young girlwithin a few steps of Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville the Little Reds Riding Hood throne; first in The Return of a Gangsters Girl the care of an ambitious but unbalanced mother; later in Hard Pass (Forbidden Plays, the licentious court of her half brother First part of a se

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