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The Last Queen by C.W. Gortner

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EC2
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Postby EC2 » Sat May 30th, 2009, 7:45 pm

Just finished this one and enjoyed it very much C.W.
I thought it was a pacey page turner and I definitely preferred it over the last Philippa Gregory I read - not that it's a contest, but I just wanted you to know. :D I knew nothing about this area and part of history - apart from recognising Catherine of Aragon. It certainly led me to want to know more about the period and read the facts for myself and that's always a sign of engaging historical fiction. Useful to have the bibliography on the back. My mum's coming over for tea tomorrow and my DIL, so it'll be a toss up who gets it to read next in the family! I think you wrote female viewpoint very well. Are there an historical novels about Fernando and Isabella? Would you ever fancy writing a prequel? I found them almost as fascinating as Juana. Did her father call her 'Madrecita?' or was that author's licence?
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For never will cowards fall down there.'

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Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sun May 31st, 2009, 12:53 am

Yes, Ferdinand di call Juana 'Madrecita'. Lots of documentation there -- those Spanish wrote copiously and saved their letters!
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Postby Misfit » Sun May 31st, 2009, 1:52 am

There's been some chit-chat over at goodreads about a trilogy Plaidy did on Ferdinand and Isabella. I don't know the specifics, but maybe someone else does?
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Postby Tanzanite » Sun May 31st, 2009, 2:32 am

The three books are:

Castile for Isabella
Spain for the Sovereigns
Daughters of Spain

They were recently reissued in the UK (and one of the them has a baby on the cover). I recently read Castile for Isabella and enjoyed it.

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Postby cw gortner » Sun May 31st, 2009, 6:11 am

"EC2" wrote:Just finished this one and enjoyed it very much C.W.
I thought it was a pacey page turner and I definitely preferred it over the last Philippa Gregory I read - not that it's a contest, but I just wanted you to know. :D I knew nothing about this area and part of history - apart from recognising Catherine of Aragon. It certainly led me to want to know more about the period and read the facts for myself and that's always a sign of engaging historical fiction. Useful to have the bibliography on the back. My mum's coming over for tea tomorrow and my DIL, so it'll be a toss up who gets it to read next in the family! I think you wrote female viewpoint very well. Are there an historical novels about Fernando and Isabella? Would you ever fancy writing a prequel? I found them almost as fascinating as Juana. Did her father call her 'Madrecita?' or was that author's licence?


Hight praise, indeed, coming from you! ;) It means a lot to me. Thank you! I'm delighted the bibliography proved useful; unfortunately, some of those books are hard to find. The only historical novels on Isabel and Ferdinand in English that I know of is the Plaidy trilogy, Schoovner's The Queen's Cross and Norah Loft's Crown of Aloes. There are a few in Spanish, but all are quite dated. I think they're due for a new look; actually I have a proposal for a book on Isabel of Castile with my agent, and a few chapters already done. I plunged into a prequel after finishing the first version of The Last Queen, years ago. Now, I'm hoping to write it after the current one I've started, though you never know: my editor might want one over the other.

Yes, Fernando did call Juana 'madrecita', much to Isabel's consternation.

I'm so glad you liked it! I was worried . . . :o I hope whoever gets it next enjoys it, too.
Last edited by cw gortner on Sun May 31st, 2009, 6:14 am, edited 1 time in total.
THE QUEEN'S VOW available on June 12, 2012!
THE TUDOR SECRET, Book I in the Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles
[B]THE CONFESSIONS OF CATHERINE DE MEDICI
THE LAST QUEEN
[/B]

www.cwgortner.com

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Carine
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Postby Carine » Sun May 31st, 2009, 5:57 pm

C.W., I just started The Last Queen yesterday, I'm now only about page 70 so far but I'm really enjoying it very much ! Great story and very well written !!

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Postby cw gortner » Mon June 1st, 2009, 6:53 pm

Thank you, Carine! I hope you enjoy it :)
THE QUEEN'S VOW available on June 12, 2012!

THE TUDOR SECRET, Book I in the Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles
[B]THE CONFESSIONS OF CATHERINE DE MEDICI
THE LAST QUEEN
[/B]



www.cwgortner.com

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Carine
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Postby Carine » Tue June 2nd, 2009, 5:40 am

Yesterday I was surfing the internet for Juana and what I didn't know was that in 2001 a movie has been made about her !

Click herefor info on IMDB

and here is a trailer of the film on YouTube

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zsigandr
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Postby zsigandr » Tue June 2nd, 2009, 9:55 am

I picked up a copy of The Last Queen from my library last month and loved it!

It was definitely a page turner and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Prior to reading this novel, I too, knew little about Juana. The only child of Isabel and Ferdinand that I heard much about was Katherine of Aragon, so for me it was not only entertaining but educational!

Anyone who hasn't read it, should!
Andrea

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Postby cw gortner » Thu June 4th, 2009, 10:51 pm

Thank you, Andrea!! :)
THE QUEEN'S VOW available on June 12, 2012!

THE TUDOR SECRET, Book I in the Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles
[B]THE CONFESSIONS OF CATHERINE DE MEDICI
THE LAST QUEEN
[/B]



www.cwgortner.com


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