Thursday, August 15, 2013

Behind the Mask: Queens


Queen Maerie converses with queens from other realms.

I shall introduce you to them...


Meet a queen from Spain...

The Queen's Vow:
A Novel of Isabella of Castile
C. W. Gortner
my review

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.


Meet a queen from England...

Queen's Gambit
by Elizabeth Fremantle

Widowed for the second time at age thirty-one Katherine Parr falls deeply for the dashing courtier Thomas Seymour and hopes at last to marry for love. However, obliged to return to court, she attracts the attentions of the ailing, egotistical, and dangerously powerful Henry VIII, who dispatches his love rival, Seymour, to the Continent. No one is in a position to refuse a royal proposal so, haunted by the fates of his previous wives—two executions, two annulments, one death in childbirth—Katherine must wed Henry and become his sixth queen.

Katherine has to employ all her instincts to navigate the treachery of the court, drawing a tight circle of women around her, including her stepdaughter, Meg, traumatized by events from their past that are shrouded in secrecy, and their loyal servant Dot, who knows and sees more than she understands. With the Catholic faction on the rise once more, reformers being burned for heresy, and those close to the king vying for position, Katherine’s survival seems unlikely. Yet as she treads the razor’s edge of court intrigue, she never quite gives up on love.


Meet a queen from Scotland...

The Wild Queen:
The Days and Nights of Mary, Queen of Scots
by Carolyn Meyer

Mary Stuart was just five years old when she was sent to France to be raised alongside her future husband. But when the frail young king dies, eighteen-year-old Mary is stripped of her title as Queen of France and set adrift in the harsh world, alone.Determined to reign over what is rightfully hers, Mary returns to Scotland. Hoping that a husband will help her secure the coveted English throne, she marries again, but the love and security she longs for elude her. Instead, the fiery young queen finds herself embroiled in a murder scandal that could cost her the crown. And her attempts to bargain with her formidable “sister queen,” Elizabeth I of England, could cost her her very life.

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  1. I tweeted:

    I would want to read all of them, but if I had to choose I would choose The Queen's Vow.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. They all sound interesting, but I added The Queen's Vow to my Goodreads list.

  3. Added The Wild Queen to GR..MTsLilSis

    Would like to win The Wild Queen


  4. Queens Vow is on my GoodReads

  5. I added The Wild Queen: The Days and Nights of Mary, Queen of Scots to my GoodReads list and tweeted:

    This is the first I've heard about this book and the author!

    funmail07 at gmail dot com

  6. I've added Queen's Gambit to my Goodreads list :)

  7. I have added the Queen's Vow to my Goodreads wanted list and I have tweeted:

    I would love to win any of these three books. Thank you for the chance.

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

  8. I love reading about the Tudor era and have added Queen's Gambit to my Goodread's list. They all sound great!

  9. I added all three to my Goodreads and tweeted:

    I would love to win any of the three! Thank you for this, I love your blog!

  10. I tweeted. My twitter handle is @easagredo.

    I'd like The Queen's Vow, followed by The Queen's Gambit.

  11. I tweeted:

    I would love to win The Queen's Gambit or The Wild Queen. Thanks!

  12. I tweeted

    I would so love to win the Queen's Gambit.

  13. I have added these wonderful books to my Goodreads list. The Queen's Gambit interests me as well as The Wild Queen. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  14. Tweeted:

    All of these look good, I'd love to read any of them :) Thanks for the chance to win!

    -Amber Terry-


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