The Queen s Vow A Novel of Isabella of Castile 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

  • Title: The Queen's Vow: A Novel of Isabella of Castile
  • Author: C.W. Gortner
  • ISBN: 9780345523976
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 GoNo 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.

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    1. 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, blood-drenched, and overhung by religion. But C.W. Gortner does something remarkable in "The Queen's Vow" - he takes this country and its complic [...]

    2. 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 year).Her 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 Enrique VI, whose consort gave birth to an a [...]

    3. 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 Queen 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. It just felt flat. I felt I could skim 5 pages and didn't miss much. In his other reads we felt for the characters and cheered them on. Even the evil Catherine d [...]

    4. Where I got the book: ARC from the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program.This 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 more 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 change.First, [...]

    5. 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 fromto ->?Yes, please!As 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 weaving abundant historical commentary into the narrative, and his treatment of th [...]

    6. Another magnificent release by C.W. Gortner! He excels at bringing the indomitable Queen Isabella of Castile to life in this gripping and unputdownable novel! Highly recommended!

    7. Read This Review & More Like It On My Blog!4.5 out of 5The Queen's Vow is a great first introduction to a well-known and well-recommended historical fiction author. I've heard and seen C.W. Gortner's name bandied about frequently as one of the best for compelling, researched and still original novels and every claim is only reinforced by my reading experience with this novel about Castile's complicated and dramatic queen. Without condescension or annoying repetition, this mostly-factual stor [...]

    8. Find this and other reviews at: flashlightcommentary.I 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 pick up and read anything by C.W. Gortner. How did I manage such as oversight you ask? I have not the slightest idea, but I will say, having read both The Queen's Vow and The Tudor Conspiracy within weeks of one another, that Gortner has quickly become on [...]

    9. I could not put this book down! As he did with Juana of Castile in The Last Queen, Gortner has once again taken a historical queen 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 ca [...]

    10. 4.5 Stars! I'll tell you right off the bat that I did not know much about Isabella of Castille before reading The Queen's Vow, though she had been a minor character in one or two novels I'd read and had not been portrayed very favorably. I knew she was responsible for religious persecution and the discovery of the New World, and that she's a controversial historical figure who has her share of lovers and haters. What I'm trying to say is that I'm not qualified to judge if this is an accurate por [...]

    11. There are few who don’t know who Isabella of Castile is (shame on them!). Whether you view her as a warrior Queen or as someone who mistreated Jews; there is undeniably an enigma attached to her person. C.W. Gortner explores this queen in “A Queen’s Vow” following her childhood to her well-documented adult years.Gortner immediately plunges the reader into intrigue with “The Queen’s Vow” without a “formal” introduction to Isabella (but it works to the novel’s benefit). Gortner [...]

    12. 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 fiction writer learns is "show, don't tell." When Gortner did show action, as in the early part of the novel dealing with Isabella's brother Alfonso and her half-brother Enriq [...]

    13. 2 stars - Meh. Just ok.Ironically, the best part of this novel was the author’s afterword. I feel a nonfiction book written by him would be stronger than his historical fiction novels, at least judging off of this one. To be fair, The Confessions of Catherine de Medici was a far more satisfying read.Prior to reading this I was fascinated by the story of Isabella of Castile but found this novel about her to progress very slowly, especially the back half. It focused heavily on her persecution of [...]

    14. I think C.W. Gortner is a man, so I was exceptionally surprised and pleased at the woman's POV being done so well. Her insecurities, her love for her husband, her strengths and weaknesses were so real to me. To be honest, I didn't expect to like this queen. She was behind the murder of so manybut the last part of the book, the Inquisition, showed me another side and reason to it all. Same history, different POV.I preferred the beginning of the book. Young Isabella, her friend, Beatriz, her passi [...]

    15. This was like an origins story. She doesn't become queen until about seventy percent of the way through the novel, and the most interesting and controversial deeds of her lifetime are not documented Instead, we see her as a preteen, mooning over a boy she met for two days. Which, by the way, didn't happen. She didn't meet her husband until their wedding. So the WHOLE THRUST of this novel, the basis of her character, IS FALSE. I don't think you get to sell it as "historical" when you invent the b [...]

    16. This is the first book I've read by C.W Gortner and the first I've read about Queen Isabella. I've always been pretty neutral to Queen Isabella and her husband due to the fact that I'm not a huge fan of their daughter Catalina (aka Queen Catherine of England) and how they helped find the Americas. However, my eye was drawn to this at the library in the 'New Book' section and I decided to learn some more of her journey to becoming legend. Now that her tale is done, I am in awe of her. I actually [...]

    17. Adorei!Tão lindo, tão realEu sei que em muitos livros a vida das rainhas são um pouco fantasiadas para dar mais "animação" a história, mas este livro entrou directamente para os meus favoritos.A escrita é maravilhosa e viciante. As personagens são fortes e com muita personalidade. Tenho de admitir que em certos momentos eu sofri com elas. Isabel é uma mulher que sempre quis dar tudo o que tinha pelo seu reino e que foi manipulada por causa da sua ingenuidade. Se ela soubesse as repercus [...]

    18. Disclaimer: Every book I have read by C.W. Gortner has been amazing. And yes, I've actually read all of them. Every time I pick up something with Gortner's name on it, I am completely transported to a different time and place with powerful characters and a vivid setting that comes to life. Gortner's work always impresses, so my expectations going into The Queen's Vow were very, very high.The Queen's Vow follows the rarely-explored life of Isabella of Castile, best known as something a "warrior q [...]

    19. I'm debating the three stars for this one and might change it later.As a purely fun historical fiction romp, "The Queen's Vow" is partially successful. It has some nice little drama going on in the court of Castile, the tumultuous marriage of Fernando and Isabella (which was not nearly dramatic, I suspect, in reality). C.W. Gortner does a good job of layering on that constant worry over an heir, the travails of la Beltraneja and the threat she stood (though he tended towards some awful misogyny [...]

    20. I won this from the first reads program! I'm so exited to read it. I have heard good things about CW Gortner books, and have been wanting to read one for awhile! :)I enjoyed this book, my first venture into 'spanish' historical fiction. I have always been intrigued by Isabella & Ferdinand, so I was thrilled to have won a copy of "Queen's Vow". We start her journey in the book when Isabella is but a mere 3year old child. From the beginning, her existence was precarious and fraught with dange [...]

    21. Isabella of Castile was never meant to be queen. Today an image of this formidable Renaissance monarch has survived that is alternately admired for her contributions to art, literature, and education, or castigated for her role in bringing the notorious Inquisition to Spain and the forcible expulsion of those Jewish subjects who refused to renounce their faith and embrace Catholicism. Arguably -- and understandably -- much of the focus of history is on the darker aspects of Isabella's reign, a l [...]

    22. I have been a fan of Gortner’s work since I picked up my first read of his, The Confessions of Catherine de Medici. He has a talent of taking maligned or misunderstood women and making them approachable characters whom readers can identify with and attempt to understand their choices. His novel of Isabella of Castile is no different. Isabella is remembered by history as the Spanish queen who re-incited the Inquisition, the mother of Catherine of Aragon and Juana la Loca, and the queen who fina [...]

    23. My rating: 3 of 5 starsA copy of The Queen's Vow was provided to me by Random House for review purposes.C.W. Gortner is well known for his historical fiction novels and I have been interested in reading his works for many years. This being my first one, I was impressed. His detailing of Isabella is almost sedulous with how painstaking it is. While he painted an extremely detailed portrait of Isabella, I'm not positive he painted her as accurately as she is known for being.Isabella I of Castile w [...]

    24. I'm a Spaniard myself and I really liked this portrait of Isabel (not Isabella, for God's sake!), and Fernando. "The queen's Vow" has amaze me and surprise me a lot and and I recommended to all of you who are curious about the Catholic Monarchs, and want to know the motives behind each action of them (more importantly of Isabel's actions, because she is not the darkest and cruel figure as most people think. Yes, she is the most important monarch of Spanish history, obviously she has her bad acti [...]

    25. burtonbookreview/2012/, which shows original links that were inserted.Gortner enjoys writing of female monarchs who may have been vilified or misunderstood, and his newest novel is no different. Queen Isabella is most remembered for her role in the Spanish Inquisition and for funding Cristobal Colon's voyage. Was she a money hungry, blood thirsty monarch, with ethnic cleansing views similar to Hitler? That would be open to interpretation, and Gortner uses his research to try and portray Isabella [...]

    26. The Queen's Vow by C.W. Gortner is a historical fiction about Isabel of Castile, the famous queen most popularly known for leading the Spanish Inquisition. The book begins during Isabel's childhood, when her family finds out that her half-brother Enrique has an heir, and Isabel believes there's no chance of her or her brother ever ascending to the throne. I, personally, had lots and lots of problems with this book. But I am one who spends my days reading science fiction and fantasy, so I underst [...]

    27. Reviewed for compassbookratingsOverall Review: The Queen's Vow tells the tale of how one young princess rose above doubt, discouragement and defeat to become one of the greatest queens the world has ever known. Told exclusively from Isabella's point of view, the action rapidly enfolds and never stops in this almost 400-page drama. I couldn't help feeling like I too was in ancient Spain. The story's constant feelings of unrest and upheaval had me holding my breath over Isabella's fate.While Isabe [...]

    28. Isabella of Castile is classically remembered as an indomitable queen and a byword for the Spanish Inquisition. Many readers have only a vague sense of her character from reading novels in which she was mentioned by name or played a small role. C. W. Gortner takes this enigma and breathes life into a complex and misunderstood woman, from her early childhood in royal poverty, through her volatile adolescence at her brother’s insidious court, and finally to her trials and triumphs as Queen of Ca [...]

    29. Review: THE QUEEN'S VOW THE QUEEN'S VOWTHE QUEEN'S VOW, based on the life and times of Isabel of Castille is a fascinating read. Destined to be queen, Isabel’s path towards this goal was never easy. When Isabel lost her father at a young age, she was left to care for her mentally ill mother as well as her younger brother. Her older step brother then automatically became king…and that’s basically when all the problems began. From his cruel and unfaithful wife who tried everything to get Isa [...]

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