(PDF KINDLE) [Daughters of Spain] ¼ Jean Plaidy
The book s topic was very appealing though the writing and the portrayal of the characters was a bit simplistic I expected depth since it concerned court intrigue and the lives of the monarchy A good read for those
in a general info on Spanish history during the 15th and 16th centuries I really enjoy Jean Plaidy especially when the weather gets warmer Her books make excellent outdoor readingThis book chronicles the life of the children of Ferdinand and Isabella Even though the book is called Daughters of Spain the royal son Juan is also included in the story So much tragedy happens in this book in such a short amount of time that one wonders how the royal family was able to perservere especially Isabella as the mother of these children Juana is by far the most interesting of the bunch even though Katherine or Catalina tends to get the most attention in historyI would recommend this book to readers of historical fiction or others who want to delve into this area but may be intimidated Plaidy s writing is easy to follow and she is accurate in her storytelling than some other historical fiction writers The three books in this series Castile for Isabella Spain for the Sovereigns and Daughters of Spain tell the romantic story of Isabella
interested in a general info on Spanish history during the 15th and 16th centuries I really enjoy
and Ferdinand whose joint reign was the foundation for the unification of Spain and the creation of Spain as a Ferdinand whose joint reign was the foundation for the unification of Spain and the creation of Spain as a force The book focuses on Isabella who comes across as an indefatigable woman trying to do her best for her family and her country in a male dominated world These books are an easy read and a great pre holiday primer on a couple whose names and images will be found all over the country That was an interesting reading Again my opinions arent t the same as Jean Plaidy on this reading But maybe as i read a few recents books about Isabella of Castile Juana and Catherine of Aragon so my thinkings about them doesn t agree much with what were written on Daughters of Spain I don t see Isabella as a caring mother For me she was always worried about how to extend her reign So yes she used her daughters for that Catherine of Aragon was left behind on England She had to endure poverty and was neglected when she became a widow and later suffered alone when Henry betrayed her to stay with Anne Boleyn Juana was betrayed by her husband and later by her own father Both men were very dearly to her She became even a prisoner by her own father and all because she was the only heir to the throne All because of power I believe Juana developed madness but maybe because of the incidents on her life Isabella never showed mercy when it was about the Inuisition She even accepted Toruemada s reuest to accept the marriage of Isabella if Emanuel of Portugal installed the Inuisition there I believe that on her own ways Isabella was also a tyrant I m giving 3 stars because Jean Plaidy gave the readers a very interesting view about Isabella and Ferdinand s reign They because Jean Plaidy gave the readers a very interesting view about Isabella and Ferdinand s reign They hard to unit Spain and to extend their reign but later the Royal House was struck by so many tragedies that the saying who wants it all may lose it all suits the Catholics Sovereigns Spain in the 15th 16th century ueen Isabella and King Ferdinand are on the throne This book is the 3rd in the Spain series but I didn t feel I d missed out not reading the frist two as this is a story in its own rightThe book centres on the 4 daughters and one son of the King and ueen the most famous of these being Katherine of Aragon or Catalina as she was nown in Spain It is also a time of huge unrest with Jews and Moors being expelled from the country I really enjoyed this book It was my first Plaidy and I found it very accessable and was a good introduction to this time and place that I didn t really now anything about It With Spain now united Ferdinand looked to his daughters to further his ambitions All too often Isabella found herself torn between his brilliant plans and her love for her children During. E of the most fanatical archbishops demonstrates And for those who had denied God the greatest torture man could devise was not bad enough If these people burned at the stake it was but a foretaste of the punishment which God would give them What were twenty was but a foretaste of the punishment which God would give them What were twenty at the stake compared with an eternity in Hell The author #s decision to use an unbiased third person narrator was in my mind a good choice As the above uote #decision to use an unbiased third person narrator was in my mind a good choice As the above uote the narration does not declare that the holy man s bigoted attitude is wrong but rather it shows the reader that this is the case by stating the fanatic s feelings as though such horror was acceptableOn a lighter note this following dialogue exchange between ueen Isabella and her daughters caused me some mild amusement Juana could not cease chattering Mother what are the women like in Flanders They have golden hair I hear most of them They are big women with great breasts Hush hush said the Princess Isabella But cried Juana the ueen said there was to be no ceremony There never is ceremony when we are together thus That is so my daughter said the ueen But it is not seemly to discuss the size of the breasts of the women in your future husband s country As with the previous book the author does a great job with Juana ueen Isabella s third child Juana suffers mental problems which at times proves unnerving but like with the above uote she s sometimes uite amusing Ms Plaidy has a gift of making all her main characters real and Juana is one of her best examples of this talentRegarding the Isabella and Ferdinand trilogy on the whole I must admit to being greatly impressed In short they are tales of triumph and tragedyI consider this novel to be slightly better than Book 2 but like Book 1 the most I rate them all 4 stars Jean Plaidy s series on Isabella is fairly traditional and different from the recently published historical fiction books She is not offering a revisionist feminist or jazzed up version of her characters It doesn t mean her characters are boring As the title suggests the focus here is not so much on Isabella but on the lives of her children We don t see Isabella as a ruler so much which was a bit disappointing to me we see her mostly as a caring mother I don t now how caring she truly was but there is evidence from historians that she indeed was emotionally involved with her children Apparently she was especially attached to Catalina her youngest evidenced by her reluctance to send to her to England earlier This fact is also mentioned by historians eg Trimlett who produced biographies of Katherine of Aragon I found Juana s story particularly interesting Again in her own interpretation Plaidy is not making any novel claims she accepts that Juana was touched by elements of the same madness her grandmother reportedly
"HAD TODAY JUANA MIGHT PERHAPS BE "Today Juana might perhaps be as a spirited young woman a rebel and a non conformist however whether she was truly mad or not would be difficult to prove Some of later actions as reported in other sources were at least puzzling There is little doubt that both Isabella and Ferdinand used their children for political advantage This was the norm for noble families and even important for royalty I guess I expected a bigger focus on Catalina who becomes the first wife of Henry VIII nown better as Katherine of Aragon but her character is not fleshed out She comes across as docile very attached to her mother and her own letters reveal this was truthful Katherine of Aragon however has later been described as a really stubborn woman not just by her contemporaries of course male chroniclers but also by some modern day historians Her strength of character is missing in the novel Overall like the other two of the series this last novel was a highly enjoyable read. Ted widow; Juana driven to madness by her husband's philandering; and the sorrow of parting with young Catalina destined to become Katharine of Aragon wife to Henry VIII and ueen of Engla. .
As certainly left me wanting to now Review I thought this book was incredibly good In my opinion it could have done with beginning earlier when Isabella Junior initially returned from Portugal or before she went I think it was very clever the way Juana s illness was discussed through Isabella s eyes rather than through Juana s or Philip s Another way the book could have been written was also through Ferdinand s eyes and doing a chapter from Isabella s point of view then a chapter from Ferdinand s but overall a view then a chapter from Ferdinand s but overall a good novel Telling a story from the view of Isabella was a clever idea and it thoroughly explores her possible emotions and motivations for her actions And it could have done with exploring
Of Maria Who Is Often Not SpokenMaria who is often not spoken enoughGenre Historical DramaCharacters Katherine of Aragon Philip the Handsome Margaret of Austria Prince Juan Juana of Castile Isabella of Portugal Maria of Portugal Ferdinand II of Aragon Isabella I of CastileSetting SpainSeries NARecommend YesRating 1720 A rather bitty and disappointing conclusion to the Isabella of Castille trilogy This novel covers roughly the last ten years of Isabella s life and stops dead leaving Ferdinand widowed Juana back in Flanders and apparently alienated from her husband the neglected Maria married in Portugal Catalina a virgin widow in England and Spain at the mercy of Ximenes de Cisneros Daughters of Spain focuses upon the later life of Isabella of Castile Beginning from the perspective of a young Catalina the youngest daughter of the Catholic Monarchs Later Catherine of Aragon ueen of England the book starts on the royal families happiest time Although initially happy Isabella the Infanta of Spain still mourns the loss of her beloved Alfonso of Portugal Juan the Prince of Asturias health is not the strongest Juana s mental state is slowly deteriorating Maria still awaits a marriage proposal and Catalina dreads the day she must leave for England and say farewell to her motherTowards the middle of the novel we start to see the struggles of the later life of Isabella and how it begins to strain on her ruling when deciding between her duty and heart This historical novel will stay with you long after it is closed This final instalment of Jean Plaidy s Isabella and Ferdinand trilogy is set during the 1490s and opening years of the 1500sAs the title implies this novel focuses on the Spanish sovereigns daughters of which they had four the most notable perhaps being Catalina better 1,000 Awesome Writing Prompts known to me and my fellow Englanders as Catherine of Aragon Henry VIII s first wifeThe story also features a son of Spain plus one of Ferdinand s illegitimate boysThis is one of many historical novels that show how young women or to the point young girls were treated as chess pieces being married off to strangers to form political alliances to benefit their parentsSome of the Spanish daughters long for their betrothal while Catalina dreads the day she is to be shipped to Tudor England fearing never to see her beloved mother againParting with their children is hard for Isabella whereas the money and power obsessed Ferdinand comes across as cold hearted thinking of his own personal gains and how marrying off his son and daughters will prove rewarding for SpainApart from the family aspects this novel follows on from its preuel in regards of the religious fanaticism that was apparent during medieval times The persecution of the Jews and the Moors appears barbaric when reading about it today yet many including the otherwise gentle and noble Isabella saw no wrong it torturing or burning people who didn t practise the Christian faithCertain priests in power were the most ruthless of all truly believing that their actions were justified as this uote regarding the attitude of on. The last years of Isabella's reign it seemed there was a curse on the Royal House which struck at the children of the SovereignsTragedy followed tragedy the infanta Isabella a brokenhear.