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The Last Queen [PDF / Epub] ✅ The Last Queen Author C.W. Gortner – Thomashillier.co.uk One of history s most enigmatic women tells the haunting, passionate story of her tumultuous life Juana of Castile is just thirteen when she witnesses the fall of Moorish Granada and uniting of the fr One of history s most enigmatic women tells the haunting, passionate story of her tumultuous life Juana of Castile is just thirteen when she witnesses the fall of Moorish Granada and uniting of the fractured kingdoms of Spain under her warrior parents, The Last Epub / Isabel and Fernando Intelligent and beautiful, proud of her heritage, Juana rebels against her fate when she is chosen as a bride for the Hapsburg heir until she arrives in Flanders and comes face to face with the prince known as Philip the Fair, a man who will bring her the greatest of passions, and the darkest despair One by one, tragedy decimates Juana s family in Spain Suddenly, she finds herself heiress to Castile a realm on the verge of chaos, prey to avaracious nobles and scheming lords bent on thwarting her rule Juana vows to win her throne, until the betrayal of those she loves plunges her into a ruthless battle of wills a struggle of corruption, perfidy, and heart shattering deceit that could cost her the crown, her freedom, and her very life From the somber majesty of Renaissance Spain to the glittering courts of Flanders, France and Tudor England, Juana of Castile reveals her life and secrets in this captivating historical novel of romance, grandeur, power and treachery by the acclaimed author of The Secret Lion An exquisite evocation of a dangerous era, and of a forgotten queen Holly Payne, author of THE VIRGIN S KNOT.

    The Last Queen eBook Û The Last Epub / and scheming lords bent on thwarting her rule Juana vows to win her throne, until the betrayal of those she loves plunges her into a ruthless battle of wills a struggle of corruption, perfidy, and heart shattering deceit that could cost her the crown, her freedom, and her very life From the somber majesty of Renaissance Spain to the glittering courts of Flanders, France and Tudor England, Juana of Castile reveals her life and secrets in this captivating historical novel of romance, grandeur, power and treachery by the acclaimed author of The Secret Lion An exquisite evocation of a dangerous era, and of a forgotten queen Holly Payne, author of THE VIRGIN S KNOT."/>
  • Paperback
  • 316 pages
  • The Last Queen
  • C.W. Gortner
  • English
  • 10 September 2017
  • 0972394788

About the Author: C.W. Gortner

Bestselling author CW Gortner holds an MFA in Writing, with an emphasis in Renaissance Studies Raised in Spain and half Spanish by birth, he currently lives in Northern California His books have been translated in over languages to date He welcomes The Last Epub / readers and is always available for reader group chats Please visit him at cwgortner forinformation.



10 thoughts on “The Last Queen

  1. Lori Lori says:

    I have come to the conclusion after reading this novel that to be a women born into royalty, up until present times, was a curse rather than a privilege Women were used as pawns in a human chess match I lost many hours of sleep reading hoping that something, anything, would go in Juana s favor note I forced myself not to use Google to see how it all would played out Even the most stable of people would loose any semblance of sanity after the events she endured Sane or not, in the end, she I have come to the conclusion after reading this novel that to be a women born into royalty, up until present times, was a curse rather than a privilege Women were used as pawns in a human chess match I lost many hours of sleep reading hoping that something, anything, would go in Juana s favor note I forced myself not to use Google to see how it all would played out Even the most stable of people would loose any semblance of sanity after the events she endured Sane or not, in the end, she was still a woman, a daughter and a mother who deserved muchthat what life gave her I commend CWG on highlighting the woman behind the label A very compelling novel

  2. Dem Dem says:

    The last Queen a Novel by C.W Gortner tells the moving tale of Juana la Loca the madShe was if nothing else an extraordinary figure for her timeI love Historical Fiction but am not a fan of novels about the English Throne and was delighted when I came across this Novel which 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 This is a gripping and moving tale The last Queen a Novel by C.W Gortner tells the moving tale of Juana la Loca the madShe was if nothing else an extraordinary figure for her timeI love Historical Fiction but am not a fan of novels about the English Throne and was delighted when I came across this Novel which 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 This is a gripping and moving tale and also an eyeopener at how women were used as pawns in the fight for power and crowns at the time.I knew nothing of Juana of Castile and I enjoyed learning about the passion, politics and betrayals of this spirited queen which through this well written novel I am delighted to say I have learned so much.This is a very gripping and well written novel and I did spent some time googling to find out what was fiction and what was truth about this story But I am delighted to say that the author clears up any questions one might have on this matter at the end of the novel and quite clearly he has taken some liberties with the storyline but he has has explained these liberties quite satisfactorily in my opinion and has appeared to do excellent research on the story.I listened to this as an audio book and while the narrator was adequate I felt she raced through the story as if there was a pack of Lions after her, I did try to slow down the narration but eventually I got used to it and it all worked out in the end.This is certainly one of those books that transports you to the past and while doing so you learn something on the trip and that is what makes a historical fiction so enjoyable for me.Lovers of Historical Fiction will really enjoy this well researched and interesting story

  3. Lesa Lesa says:

    If you re an Anglophile, or enjoy biographies of queens, you undoubtedly know the story of Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII s first wife Catherine s sister was Juana of Castile, known in Spain as Juana la Loca C.W Gortner could have called his historical novel, The Last Queen, the lost queen or the forgotten queen As he says in the outstanding commentary on his website, Juana of Castile, the last queen of Spain, is almost unknown outside of Spain.It doesn t hurt to listen to his commentary be If you re an Anglophile, or enjoy biographies of queens, you undoubtedly know the story of Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII s first wife Catherine s sister was Juana of Castile, known in Spain as Juana la Loca C.W Gortner could have called his historical novel, The Last Queen, the lost queen or the forgotten queen As he says in the outstanding commentary on his website, Juana of Castile, the last queen of Spain, is almost unknown outside of Spain.It doesn t hurt to listen to his commentary before reading the book It s well done, sets the scene, and begins with the comment that history says she went made with love, but history can be wrong Gortner s story shows a woman with method behind her madness, a tragic, yet triumphant queen who never ruled Spain.Juana of Castile, daughter of Isabella and Fernando was an Infanta of Spain When she was thirteen, her parents conquered Granada, seizing it from the Moors, and uniting Spain Her mother, who was actually thepowerful of her parents, sent her to Flanders to marry Philip, heir to the Hapsburg empire There, she was a contented wife and mother However, when her husband became greedy for power, and sought to unite his duchy with France, she refused to be a party to a union with Spain s enemy As tragedy after tragedy befell her family, this young woman found herself on the path of destiny Once she was named heir to her mother s throne, she would find herself pitted against the husband she once loved.Gortner allows Juana to tell her story, looking back at her life Her visit to her dying grandmother, who had been imprisoned for her madness, foreshadows the last years of her own life For Juana, in pitting herself against her husband, and other men, became a target for the powerful men who wanted her throne Her determination to save Spain led to her own downfall, but it kept the country intact for her son.This book would be an excellent choice for book clubs, with its exploration of a life not really known in this country It s as fast paced and riveting as any thriller The Last Queen is a beautifully written, well researched story of an unknown queen Gortner brings her to vivid life, as a lusty, strong willed woman Was Juana of Castile, Juana la Loca, really mad Gortner says history isn t always kind to women However, he gives voice to a strong woman, and allows her to proclaim her story C.W Gortner s website is www.cwgortner.comThe Last Queen by C.W Gortner Ballantine Books, 2008 ISBN 9780345501844 hardcover , 352p

  4. Myrna Myrna says:

    The only thing I knew about Isabella of Spain was that she financed Christopher Columbus voyage and her daughter, Catherine, was King Henry VIII s wife I did not know anything about another daughter, Juana, until I read this book That being said, Gortner wrote a different and intriguing view of Juana He gave her power, passion, and strength in this novel since her madness has often been disputed I also enjoyed learning about the time period, the monarchies, the politics and the ruthlessne The only thing I knew about Isabella of Spain was that she financed Christopher Columbus voyage and her daughter, Catherine, was King Henry VIII s wife I did not know anything about another daughter, Juana, until I read this book That being said, Gortner wrote a different and intriguing view of Juana He gave her power, passion, and strength in this novel since her madness has often been disputed I also enjoyed learning about the time period, the monarchies, the politics and the ruthlessness of the age Personally, it was slow in the beginning but I m glad I stayed with it because it did pick up This story is not about her whole life but a snippet of it Thanks to Wikipedia and other websites, I was able to find outinformation about her

  5. Kate Quinn Kate Quinn says:

    C.W Gortner has one of theinteresting literary platforms I ve ever seen for a historical fiction writer, particularly a male one he takes the maligned women of history and gives them a sympathetic makeover Not to say he merely takes a historical villainess and paints her white he seeks merely to uncover and understand His subject here is Juana the Mad, the famous daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain who trailed all over the nation weeping dementedly behind her husband s coffin C.W Gortner has one of theinteresting literary platforms I ve ever seen for a historical fiction writer, particularly a male one he takes the maligned women of history and gives them a sympathetic makeover Not to say he merely takes a historical villainess and paints her white he seeks merely to uncover and understand His subject here is Juana the Mad, the famous daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain who trailed all over the nation weeping dementedly behind her husband s coffin, and was later locked up for madness Here we see that she might have had perfectly sane reasons for her actions We see Juana as a young princess in the shadow of her famous parents, escaping to an unexpectedly passionate marriage, fighting the decline of that marriage, forced to watch as ambitious men try to seize her children, her freedom, and her power The march of history juxtaposes mercilessly against Juana s courageous struggles the poor girl just can t catch even a shred of luck, and your heart will break for her as one attempt after another to free herself ends in failure Gortner s heroine is passionate, intelligent, sometimes misguided, always gallant and very sane A poignant, intelligent book that I devoured in one day

  6. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    AFTER READING Wow, another 5 star book F A B U L O U S First let me mention that the status updates are wrong There are 428 pages in this book Now, I will try and summarize a teeny bit why I loved it, and let me say I am hooked, bait, line and sinker I have to readabout the royal history It is not fluff and swooning love affairs, and banquets and fancy clothing At least not in this book It is about what motivates people All of us both the common and the royal classes Both toda AFTER READING Wow, another 5 star book F A B U L O U S First let me mention that the status updates are wrong There are 428 pages in this book Now, I will try and summarize a teeny bit why I loved it, and let me say I am hooked, bait, line and sinker I have to readabout the royal history It is not fluff and swooning love affairs, and banquets and fancy clothing At least not in this book It is about what motivates people All of us both the common and the royal classes Both today and yesterday It is about family ties, mother daughter relationships, the demands we place on those loved ones whom are strong versus those who are less so It is about how men and women and how, although we are equal, perhaps do not see things the same way Of course there are always exceptions When one has lived in different countries, as I have, you recognize different cultural characteristics Of course not all French are so and Belgians so, Americans so and Swedes so, but you do see some general tendencies The same can be said about women versus men and how they look on life issues And this book talks about Spanish versus Hapsburg cultural characteristics I found this very relevant to life here in Belgium I understand Belgians a teeny bit better because their history has molded who they are today This book was terribly exciting As it neared the end, I thought OK, now it is over and then in the second to the last chapter, wow you will be blown away I write in my books I wrote OMG dozens of times in just chapter 32, the second to the last chapter of the book VERY EXCITING This queen Juana is called Juana the Mad You will truly understand why Onething, which is very important, the book ends with a clear explanation of what is fact and what is fiction For me this is essential This is a superb author Thank you C W Gortner for doing this, and thank you for the map And GooodReads, thank you for bring this book to my attention It has opened up a whole new genre to me I was worried that I might not appreciate the book b c I am kind of distracted by our new puppy, Oscar Not at all Can somebody recommend a good book about Charles V, Juana s son, head of the Holy Roman Empire I am looking for undry nonfiction or moving but correct historical fiction.BEFORE READING Having read Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree by Tariq Ali a while ago, I wanted to learnIn the book by Ali, Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain threw out the Moors and sent Columbus to America They had a daughter named Juana, and Gortner s book is about her Catherine of Aragon, who was the first wife of the notorious Henry VIII, is Juana s sister Juana and her husband Philip the Fair will raise their son ro become Charles V, ruler of the Holy Roman Empire Reading about royal European families is a totally new area for me I hope I am not engulfed with petty descriptions of clothes and balls and all that stuff Charles V played a significant role in Sarah Dinant s book entitled In the Company of the Courtesan, which I thoroughly enjoyed I am relying on Gortner s good writing skills in the hope that I will be spared fluff Cross your fingers for me too much fluff and I might throw out all attempts to tackle European royalty

  7. MichelleCH MichelleCH says:

    I went back and forth on whether this was a two or three star rating for me The beginning of the book is nicely written drawing the reader into the story as seen through the eyes of a very young Juana The middle however started to become much too modernized for my personal taste I felt like the author s writing was too forced and just didn t flow well Some of the thoughts attributed to Juana were just too contrived and what I felt would have been unrealistic for a Queen of that time period.A I went back and forth on whether this was a two or three star rating for me The beginning of the book is nicely written drawing the reader into the story as seen through the eyes of a very young Juana The middle however started to become much too modernized for my personal taste I felt like the author s writing was too forced and just didn t flow well Some of the thoughts attributed to Juana were just too contrived and what I felt would have been unrealistic for a Queen of that time period.At the end of the book I once again was engaged in the story as Juana was viciously manipulated by her husband, her mother s advisors and finally by her father The tragic end was heartbreaking I also enjoyed the author s commentary as to what was true regarding Juana and what he had created

  8. Amateur de Livre Amateur de Livre says:

    Book Synopsis Juana of Castile, the last queen of Spanish blood to inherit her country s throne, has been for centuries and enigmatic figure shrouded in lurid myth Was she the berefet widow of legend who was driven mad by her loss, or has history misjudged a woman who was ahead of her time In his stunning new novel, C.W Gortner challenges the myths about Queen Juana, unraveling the mystery surrounding her to reveal a brave, determined woman we can only now begin to fully understand.The third Book Synopsis Juana of Castile, the last queen of Spanish blood to inherit her country s throne, has been for centuries and enigmatic figure shrouded in lurid myth Was she the berefet widow of legend who was driven mad by her loss, or has history misjudged a woman who was ahead of her time In his stunning new novel, C.W Gortner challenges the myths about Queen Juana, unraveling the mystery surrounding her to reveal a brave, determined woman we can only now begin to fully understand.The third child of Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand of Spain, Juana is born amid her parents ruthless struggle to unify their kingdom, bearing witness to the fall of Granada and Columbus s discoveries At the age of sixteen, she is sent to wed Philip, the archduke of Flanders, as part of her parents strategy to strengthen Spain, just as her youngest sister, Catherine of Aragon, is sent to England to become the first wife of Henry VIII.Juana finds unexpected love and passion with her handsome young husband, the sole heir to the Habsburg Empire At first she is content with her children and her life in Flanders But when tragedy strikes and she inherits 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, her intelligence and pride used as weapons against her, Juana vows to secure her crown and save Spain from ruin, even if it could cost her everything.I admit it I am a history snob I don t know what it is, but ever since I was young I found history boring and it was always my worst subject in school But, I have been fortunate to have seen the error of my ways, and this book is a prime example To be totally honest, I have never heard of Juana of Castile This book has truly compelled me to learnAfter being part of an arranged marriage, Juana is unsure what is to become of her life Her mother, Isabel, Queen of Castile, and Father, Fernando, King of Aragon, have worked hard to make their two countries unite and will do anything to ensure that their people are safe They have arranged the marriage as a way of securing power and freedom for their people.Even though Juana is less than thrilled about marrying a complete stranger, she has the same tenacity that is characteristic of her mother and agrees for the good of the country She is pleasantly surprised when she finally meets her husband, Philip, the Archduke of Flanders Their marriage is riddled with love and passion that most newlyweds wish for and things seem to be going exceptionally well Until Juana catches him in bed with another woman while pregnant with her first child Philip is flabbergasted and apologizes profusely, but this is just the start of a life of betrayal that is to be Juana s curse.Growing up, I think a lot of little girls mine included dream of being a princess When you read a book like this, you realize that being royalty is not so much of a blessing as a burden Everything you do is scrutinized and you are expected to act and carry yourself in a certain way But we see, time and time again, that Juana was courageous and wouldn t change her beliefs for anyone Even after tragedy strikes, Juana is prepared to take her rightful place as Queen, even if it means fighting those she is closest too In the end it just wasn t enough In a shocking turn of events she ends up a prisoner and is never allowed to fulfill her rightful place as Queen Many historians have speculated that Juana was schizophrenic and that is what led to the imprisonment that she endures for most of her life Mr Gortner does and excellent job of portraying a vibrant woman whose sanity was stretched to its limits by the betrayal and cruelty that would likely break any sane person I applaud his efforts to show us the other side of Juana la Loca and show that maybe she wasn t insane after all, but simply a victim of circumstances.About the author C.W GORTNER s fascination with history, in particular the Renaissance, is a lifetime pursuit He holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Writing with an emphasis on Renaissance Studies from the New College of California and has taught university seminars on the 16th century In addition, he travels extensively to research his books He has experienced life in a medieval Spanish castle and danced a galliard in a Tudor great hall dug through library archives all over Europe and tried to see and touch or, at least, gaze at through impenetrable museum glass as many artifacts of the era as he can find He has served on the board of the Women s National Book Association SF Chapter, an organization that promotes literacy, and he s a regular contributor to the Historical Novels Review and Solander, publications of the Historical Novel Society He is also a passionate advocate for animal rights and environmental issues Raised in M laga, Spain, C.W Gortner is half Spanish by birth and fully bilingual He currently lives in Northern California Forinformation, please visit www.cwgortner.com A special thanks to Pump Up Your Book Promotion for hosting this awesome book

  9. Orsolya Orsolya says:

    One word remarkable This describes not only Juana the Mad herself, but also C.W Gortner s novel In all honesty, I find Gortner to be hit or miss but The Last Queen is certainly a hit In this novel, Gortner not only grasps Juana and her life s turmoils in a smooth and entertaining way, but he also dives deeper into the emotional pool and throws elements of both female and human naturistic struggles and psychological effects into the mix Was Juana born crazy Was she driven to that point b One word remarkable This describes not only Juana the Mad herself, but also C.W Gortner s novel In all honesty, I find Gortner to be hit or miss but The Last Queen is certainly a hit In this novel, Gortner not only grasps Juana and her life s turmoils in a smooth and entertaining way, but he also dives deeper into the emotional pool and throws elements of both female and human naturistic struggles and psychological effects into the mix Was Juana born crazy Was she driven to that point by her un loving and often sociopathic husband Those are questions which are instantly up for debate, although it is obvious that Gortner is of the view that Juana was driven to her maddness by her male counterpart As a female, it is nearly impossible to not feel for Juana Her various directions of thought flows which she can t seem to control hating her husband one second and then traveling around the countryside with his casket the next is painful and yet so relatable Within the context of rich, historical research, The Last Queen will slap you in the face with pure amazingness The coincidence between Juana and her sister Katherine of Aragon Both were strong females born to Isabel and Ferdinand and both were unmovable creatures whose love for husbands both passionate and cruel led to the hardest parts of their lives This can lead to a whole new debateA terrific feature of Juana, written in a sparkling way Absolutely remarkable

  10. Donna Donna says:

    I liked this I think this is my first C.W Gortner book and I look forward to readingI loved the history in this, especially about Spain I found that part fascinating I think this queen had a particularly sad life Her life was such a fight with battle after battle I found that I felt frustrated for her And I liked the different take on this one, making her less of a mad woman, like other books I ve read have portrayed her This one seemed less like she was crazy The Mad label w I liked this I think this is my first C.W Gortner book and I look forward to readingI loved the history in this, especially about Spain I found that part fascinating I think this queen had a particularly sad life Her life was such a fight with battle after battle I found that I felt frustrated for her And I liked the different take on this one, making her less of a mad woman, like other books I ve read have portrayed her This one seemed less like she was crazy The Mad label was just thata label bestowed upon her in order for others to subdue her I always like a different spin

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