The Queen's Vow

The Queen's Vow

A Novel of Isabella of Castile

Book - 2012
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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 queens--the warrior who united a fractured country, the champion of the faith whose reign gave rise to the Inquisition, 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-brother, King Enrique, and his sultry, conniving queen. There, Isabella is thrust into danger when she becomes an unwitting pawn in a plot to dethrone Enrique. 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 at stake, Isabella resists the zealous demands of the inquisitor Torquemada 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 Queen'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"--Publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2012
Branch Call Number: FICTION GOR
Characteristics: 379 p. : geneal. tables ; 24 cm


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Jul 31, 2015

Fascinating novel about Isabella and Ferdinand. A good portion of it is actually devoted to the years before they were crowned king and queen. I knew about their accomplishments (and mistakes) as rulers, but I didn't know much about their early years. I had no idea Isabella's childhood was so tumultuous.

Aug 08, 2013

This is an easy to read, fictional account of the life story of Isabella of Castille. I thought the author took some liberties by having the book written in first person from the perspective of Isabella herself but if you are not a stickler for historical accuracy you will find this an interesting story.

Oct 15, 2012

A decent story but it took great liberties with the story of Isabela de Trastamara. There is absolutely no evidence that Isabel met Ferdinand of Aragon prior to her wedding. There is plenty of evidence that under the circumstances Ferdinand was the best suitor to support Isabela's bid for the crown of Castilla and keep the kingdom from being absorbed by another nation. The love story began on their wedding night and the couple became a mighty force together. They were greater than the sum of their parts.

It was also disappointing that the author continued to tire old chestnut that the scientists of Isabela's disagreed with Columbus because they though the earth was flat. That has been disproved as contemporary document showed that their disagreement with Columbus was calculation of the circumference of the Earth. The court scientists held that the earth was bigger around that Columbus had calculated and that Asia was further than his estimates. They were right and Columbus was wrong, but fortunately he collided with the New World.

slutbucket Jul 28, 2012

Excellent read, just the right amount of history and back story. It gives the reader a new perspective on this amazing Queen.

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