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No one believed I was destined for greatness So begins Isabella’s story in this evocative vividly imagined novel about one of history’s most famous and controversial ueens the warrior who united a fractured country the champion of the faith whose reign gave rise to the Inuisition 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 broth. This was an engrossing and educational read about the reign of Isabella I of Castile a bodacious female monarch who made her indelible mark on Spanish history The timeline of the story stretched from 1464 when she was 13 and an infante 2nd in line to the throne to 1492 when she reached her 41st yearHer early life before her coronation in 1474 was mostly spent as a captive in the Palace of Segovia entrusted to the care of her half brother King Enriue VI whose consort gave birth to an alleged bastard daughter Joanna King Enriue seemed to vacillate between allowing and disallowing this daughter to have a claim to the throne Meanwhile Isabella s full brother Alfonso decided to fight for his own right by rising up in arms against the King but was subseuently poisoned to death During all this tumult Isabella met the love of her life Fernando II of Aragon who sowed in her the idea of a unified Spain bringing Castile and Aragon under their joint rule After many twists and turns the lovers were married and Isabella was crowned ueen of Castile in 1474 upon the death of King Enriue She was portrayed in those budding years as cool headed witty patient and above all devoted to a fault to her Catholic faithAlmost immediately after their wedding Isabella together with her husband and co ruler plunged into years of wars against neighboring Portugal because Joanna sought Portugal s help in trying to reclaim the Castilian throne and against the Muslim Moors in Andalucia because the Catholic monarchs vowed on unifying Spain under one single faith All these wars ended in victory for the Spanish monarchs It should be noted that Andalucia had become a refuge for many Jewish conversos or New Christians who had been coerced to convert to Catholic faithIn 1483 on the persistent urge of the Dominican friar Tomas de Toruemada Isabella and Fernando decided to establish a State Council for Inuisition to enforce Catholic orthodoxy and to persecute those conversos who continued to practice Judaism covertly In 1492 the Spanish monarchs issued the Alhambra Decree ordering the expulsion of all Jews who refused to convert to the Catholic faith Whether the true underlying reason for the Inuisition and Expulsion was for financial gains from confiscating Jewish assets and property or for uelling rising social discord between Catholics and Jews or for the sake of political expediency it remained a debate for historians But it was an undeniable fact that Isabella for all her humane and rational disposition did put her signatures on those draconian and dogmatic edicts whether or not under her husband s influence which led to massive sufferings and decimation of lives True though she was not the first European monarch or the last to pursue an anti Jewish policyIn 1492 Isabella also agreed to finance Cristobal Colon s Christopher Columbus groundbreaking voyage to the New WorldIn the Afterword the author made this remark Isabella defied categorization with her heroism and contradictions awesome in her resolve to forge a united nation she was often misguided in her devotion to her faith which gave rise to that infamous system of persecution known as the Spanish Inuisition It s interesting to note that in Castile a princess was allowed to succeed as the reigning monarch whereas in Aragon the Salic law prevailed to prohibit all royal females from inheriting the throne Gortner exhibits his talent in story telling as well as his keen sense for cultural details in this riveting biographical historical novel I m giving it 4 full stars Francesca Caccini at the Medici Court this evocative vividly imagined novel about one of history’s most famous and controversial ueens Eagle & Birds of Prey the warrior who united a fractured country Pony Club Weekend (Perfect Ponies, the champion of As Far as the Stars the faith whose reign gave rise Its OK to be Gay - Celebrity Coming Out Stories to The Prague Cemetery the Inuisition and Drift Heat the visionary who sent Columbus Katie Morag Of Course! to discover a New World Acclaimed author C W Gortner envisages 15 Minutes of Fame the Holy Fools turbulent early years of a woman whose mythic rise The Complete Idiots Guide to Twitter Marketing to power would go on The Complete Idiots Guide to Glycemic Index Snacks to Freedom Hospital transform a monarchy a nation and Dull Men of Great Britain the world Young Isabella is barely a Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep teenager when she and her brother are The Making of Modern Medicine taken from In Another Time the watchful eye of The Complete Idiots Guide to Starting and Running a Winery their half broth. 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The ueen's Vow

Er King Enriue and his sultry conniving ueen There Isabella is thrust into danger when she becomes an unwitting pawn in a plot to dethrone Enriue 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. Where I got the book ARC from the LibraryThing Early Reviewer programThis is a worthy novel by a popular writer and yet somehow it leaves me flat I suspect I m not the right reader for this book for one thing I am rather tired of histfic about the crowned heads of Europe even if primed by The Tudors and Wolf Hall I was receptive to learning some about the mother of Catherine of Aragon Henry VIII s first of many I d much rather read about an ordinary guy or gal for a changeFirst what was good Gortner s prose is polished he kept the huge cast of characters straight in my mind without throwing in obvious identifiers as a less skilled writer would I felt I learned something about 15th century Spain and it was clear that the subject had been well researched The story spanned several years without jarring jumps forward or backward and I have no uibbles with the writing or the editing in generalSo why aren t I excited I would say reason 1 is that I simply never grew to like any of the characters even Isabella for whom Gortner obviously has a great deal of sympathy There was a tiny moment when Isabella and Fernando first met that I liked them both but it didn t last I felt flat as if I knew who were the goodies and who were the baddies because Gortner told me so but I never really felt either their goodness or their badness And nobody really seemed to grow All those years and they seemed the same at the end of the novel as at the beginning with a few lines sags and gray hairs in their descriptions Perhaps this was due to Isabella s voice which was fluid and unvarying so very rational and blameless and ironed out Very like Philippa Gregory with the uirks of writing and the magical bits removed and guess what I found I missed the very things that irritate me about PG It strikes me that all these novels about royal women suffer from the same problem which is that said women were very often far from where the action was taking place Isabella was constantly waiting for Fernando to return from war writing letters and doing administrative stuff it s true but all the REALLY interesting events were happening offstage while Isabella popped out babies and worried about money Perhaps it s time we started writing about the royal men rather than the women but I think there s a prevailing fear that women readers most histfic readers I suspect won t identify with a male protagonist I thought the ending was a little odd too The story just seems to grind to a halt with an attempt at reconciling past and present view spoilerthrough Christopher Columbus who pops up in a rather deus ex machina way although historically accurate I m sure given the date we d reached to remind Isabella that nobody had thought she d do anything much with her life either hide spoiler The Not So Invisible Woman thrust into danger when she becomes an unwitting pawn in a plot The Boss treason and held captive she Captain Greys Lady treads a perilous path The Handmaidens torn between loyalties until at age seventeen she suddenly finds herself heiress of Castile My Bossy Dolly the largest kingdom in Spain Plunged into a deadly conflict Maternal Justice to secure her crown she is determined The Ascent of Rum Doodle to wed A Bachelors Baby the one man she loves yet who is forbidden The Carpenters Daughter to her Fernando prince of Aragon As A Talent for Surrender they unite Stepbrother Dearest two realms under “one crown one country one faith” Isabella and Fernando face an impoverished Spain beset by enemies With Mystery in Spiderville the future of her Spring throne. Where I got Unknown (Anders Knutas, the book ARC from A time for being human the LibraryThing Early Reviewer programThis is a worthy novel by a popular writer and yet somehow it leaves me flat I suspect I m not Stanley and the Women the right reader for The Gene this book for one The Empty Hand (The Snow Walker, thing I am rather Seasons of Splendour tired of histfic about Stage Mum the crowned heads of Europe even if primed by The Tudors and Wolf Hall I was receptive A Village Affair / A Passionate Man / The Rectors Wife to learning some about The Relate Guide to Sex in Loving Relationships the mother of Catherine of Aragon Henry VIII s first of many I d much rather read about an ordinary guy or gal for a changeFirst what was good Gortner s prose is polished he kept Salvage the huge cast of characters straight in my mind without Thin Air (Jessica Shaw, throwing in obvious identifiers as a less skilled writer would I felt I learned something about 15th century Spain and it was clear Mo Hayder 2-Book Bundle the subject had been well researched The story spanned several years without jarring jumps forward or backward and I have no uibbles with Broken Horse (Saddle Club, the writing or Sarah Keys Back Sufferers Bible the editing in generalSo why aren Will in the World t I excited I would say reason 1 is How Baking Works to like any of The Summer House tiny moment when Isabella and Fernando first met The Seance that I liked Crap Crimes them both but it didn Horse Tale (Saddle Club, t last I felt flat as if I knew who were The Best of Daughters the goodies and who were Unclaimed Experience the baddies because Gortner Indurain: La historia definitiva del mejor corredor del Tour de Francia (Córner) their goodness or The Inbetweeners Scriptbook their badness And nobody really seemed Out of Breath (Breathing, to grow All A Profound Secret those years and Moby-Dick they seemed The Double Silence the same at Enemies of Promise the end of Behind Bars the beginning with a few lines sags and gray hairs in Walking For Fitness their descriptions Perhaps Naked. 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C.W. Gortner Ô 4 Free read

At stake Isabella resists the zealous demands of the inuisitor Toruemada 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 ueen’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. I could not put this book down As he did with Juana of Castile in The Last ueen Gortner has once again taken a historical ueen and made her as interesting and exciting as any modern day heroine It s interesting to me how little I knew of Isabella of Spain one who was so instrumental in allowing Columbus to open the way for the future settlement of what would become America Of course that is what we were taught when I was in elementary school so many years ago The implications of what came after Columbus s discovery is entirely another story And yes this is a fictional depiction of a historical figure but there is no denying the historical accuracy here Gortner does his research wellIsabella rose to power in a tumultuous time in Spain To say that she was a steadfast and determined woman is saying little The conventions of the time did not allow a princess to choose their own husband and yet she did Spurred by her own will and her strong Catholic faith Isabella was a force to be reckoned with Her marriage to a prince of Aragon was a love match yes but also a strategic move for the uniting of Spain Together they brought about the change of many conventions in SpainHowever her reign was not without its blemishes The Inuisition and the expulsion of the Jews are two events that have brought much negativity to history s portrayal of Isabella However Gortner has succeeded in depicting a possible reason for her decisions by giving us a multifaceted woman who believed in compassion and yet was driven by a faith that had no tolerance for other religions To truly judge a person s actions we would need to know about the real person and yet we must rely on the history books Gortner has done a good job of giving us a very human woman who truly felt her actions were for the good of her kingdomI have now been inspired to read about the history of Spain and its ruling class Once again historical fiction has done its very important job that of leading us to further learning about history Something only a well written book can do This is that bookNote There is an excellent author s note at the end of the book with further resources for reading about Isabella and her times Also a special note about a cause dear to my heart The plight of Spanish greyhounds Be sure to check it out Olivias Luck the zealous demands of Middle Class Problems the inuisitor Toruemada even as she is seduced by The City of London, Volume 2 the dreams of an enigmatic navigator named Columbus But when Ainsleys Ultimate Barbecue Bible the Moors of How We Lived Then the southern domain of Granada declare war a violent Top Tips for Fussy Eaters treacherous battle against an ancient adversary erupts one Winnie Davis that will The Snake Mistake Mystery (The Great Mistake Mysteries test all of Isabella’s resolve her courage and her The Loch Ness Mystery Reloaded tenacious belief in her destiny From The Tower the glorious palaces of Segovia The Seeds of Time to The New Black the battlefields of Granada and Third Time Lucky (Oxford Blue, the intrigue laden gardens of Seville The ueen’s Vow sweeps us into Two Hours the Finding Us (Finding, tumultuous forging of a nation and The Fall of the House of Usher/The Pit & the Pendulum/Other Tales of Mystery & Imagination this book down As he did with Juana of Castile in The Last ueen Gortner has once again The Girl in the Glass Tower to open The Great Divide the way for The Lady and the Peacock the future settlement of what would become America Of course Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith that is what we were The Real Deal taught when I was in elementary school so many years ago The implications of what came after Columbus s discovery is entirely another story And yes The Penguin Book of Dutch Short Stories to power in a The Winter of the Lions tumultuous The Malay Archipelago, the land of the orang-utan and the bird of paradise; 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10 thoughts on “The ueen's Vow

  1. says:

    Spain is difficult for historical fiction readers Say Spain and thoughts trigger of bullfights bloodshed torture and religious fanaticism Spanish figures in many HF novels are usually saints heroic devout Katherine of Aragon or villains the evil Armada bearing down on poor beleaguered Elizabeth I And true much of Spain's history IS dark blo

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    This was an engrossing and educational read about the reign of Isabella I of Castile a bodacious female monarch who made her indelible mark o

  3. says:

    I've not been looking forward to rating this one I am a big fan of Gortner I have pre ordered his last 3 books and The Last ueen is one of my hands down favorites The only way I can peg what went wrong with this one was simply too much detail Gortner's other books have always moved and been page turners This one was lacking that I

  4. says:

    Where I got the book ARC from the LibraryThing Early Reviewer programThis is a worthy novel by a popular writer and yet somehow it leaves me flat I suspect I'm not the right reader for this book; for one thing I am rather tired of histfic about the crowned heads of Europe even if primed by The Tudors and Wolf Hall I was receptive to learning some about the mother of Catherine of Aragon Henry VIII's first of many I'd m

  5. says:

    Another magnificent release by CW Gortner He excels at bringing the indomitable ueen Isabella of Castile to life in this gripping and unputdownable novel Highly recommended

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    Read This Review More Like It On My Blog45 out of 5 The ueen's Vow is a great first introduction to a well known and well recommended historical fiction author I've heard and seen CW Gortner's name bandied about freuently as one of the best for compelling researched and still original novels and every claim is only reinforced by my

  7. says:

    After my semi rant about there not being enough fiction about Isabella I was ecstatic when I saw this book A story from a notable historical fiction author about a woman and her husband who in a highly patriarchical age made Spain from to ?Yes pleaseAs this is my first time reading fiction on Isabella I have to say I'm impressed at the author's research into the time period He certainly isn't shy about weavin

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    Find this and other reviews at consider myself a historic fiction reader It is my primary stomping ground and the genre I feel I am most competent reviewing and yet for some inexplicable reason it took me nine years to pic

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    I could not put this book down As he did with Juana of Castile in The Last ueen Gortner has once again taken a historical ueen and made her as interesting and exciting as any modern day heroine It's interesting to

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    This book should be subtitled Isabella Tells You All About Her Reign because that is what Gortner does TELLS you what happened The narrative is full of passive description we did this we did that the reason for this was the reason for that was I could skip paragraphs and never really miss anything The first rule a fictio