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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 ueens the warrior who united a fractured country the champion of the faith whose reign gave rise to the Inuisition 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 broth. 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 yearHer 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 Enriue VI whose consort gave birth to an alleged bastard daughter Joanna King Enriue seemed to vacillate between allowing and disallowing this daughter to have a claim to the throne Meanwhile Isabella s full brother Alfonso decided to fight for his own right by rising up in arms against the King but was subseuently poisoned to death During all this tumult Isabella met the love of her life Fernando II of Aragon who sowed in her the idea of a unified Spain bringing Castile and Aragon under their joint rule After many twists and turns the lovers were married and Isabella was crowned ueen of Castile in 1474 upon the death of King Enriue She was portrayed in those budding years as cool headed witty patient and above all devoted to a fault to her Catholic faithAlmost immediately after their wedding Isabella together with her husband and co ruler plunged into years of wars against neighboring Portugal because Joanna sought Portugal s help in trying to reclaim the Castilian throne and against the Muslim Moors in Andalucia because the Catholic monarchs vowed on unifying Spain under one single faith All these wars ended in victory for the Spanish monarchs It should be noted that Andalucia had become a refuge for many Jewish conversos or New Christians who had been coerced to convert to Catholic faithIn 1483 on the persistent urge of the Dominican friar Tomas de Toruemada Isabella and Fernando decided to establish a State Council for Inuisition to enforce Catholic orthodoxy and to persecute those conversos who continued to practice Judaism covertly In 1492 the Spanish monarchs issued the Alhambra Decree ordering the expulsion of all Jews who refused to convert to the Catholic faith Whether the true underlying reason for the Inuisition and Expulsion was for financial gains from confiscating Jewish assets and property or for uelling rising social discord between Catholics and Jews or for the sake of political expediency it remained a debate for historians But it was an undeniable fact that Isabella for all her humane and rational disposition did put her signatures on those draconian and dogmatic edicts whether or not under her husband s influence which led to massive sufferings and decimation of lives True though she was not the first European monarch or the last to pursue an anti Jewish policyIn 1492 Isabella also agreed to finance Cristobal Colon s Christopher Columbus groundbreaking voyage to the New WorldIn the Afterword the author made this remark Isabella defied categorization with her heroism and contradictions awesome in her resolve to forge a united nation she was often misguided in her devotion to her faith which gave rise to that infamous system of persecution known as the Spanish Inuisition It s interesting to note that in Castile a princess was allowed to succeed as the reigning monarch whereas in Aragon the Salic law prevailed to prohibit all royal females from inheriting the throne Gortner exhibits his talent in story telling as well as his keen sense for cultural details in this riveting biographical historical novel I m giving it 4 full stars Jewish Life 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 Sex Toys 101 eye of their half broth. 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Niemcy wobec nazistowskiej przeszłości (1945-2010) ended in victory for the Spanish monarchs It should be noted that Andalucia had become a refuge for many Jewish conversos or New Christians who had been coerced to convert to Catholic faithIn 1483 on the persistent urge of the Dominican friar Tomas de Toruemada Isabella and Fernando decided to Fakers, Forgers Phoneys establish a State Council for Inuisition to Hearing the Voice of People with Dementia enforce Catholic orthodoxy and to persecute those conversos who continued to practice Judaism covertly In 1492 the Spanish monarchs issued the Alhambra Decree ordering the Dreams Come to Life (Bendy and the Ink Machine, Book 1) expulsion of all Jews who refused to convert to the Catholic faith Whether the true underlying reason for the Inuisition and Expulsion was for financial gains from confiscating Jewish assets and property or for uelling rising social discord between Catholics and Jews or for the sake of political Doing Without Concepts expediency it remained a debate for historians But it was an undeniable fact that Isabella for all her humane and rational disposition did put her signatures on those draconian and dogmatic Radio Free Europe and the Pursuit of Democracy edicts whether or not under her husband s influence which led to massive sufferings and decimation of lives True though she was not the first European monarch or the last to pursue an anti Jewish policyIn 1492 Isabella also agreed to finance Cristobal Colon s Christopher Columbus groundbreaking voyage to the New WorldIn the Afterword the author made this remark Isabella defied categorization with her heroism and contradictions awesome in her resolve to forge a united nation she was often misguided in her devotion to her faith which gave rise to that infamous system of persecution known as the Spanish Inuisition It s interesting to note that in Castile a princess was allowed to succeed as the reigning monarch whereas in Aragon the Salic law prevailed to prohibit all royal females from inheriting the throne Gortner But I Survived exhibits his talent in story telling as well as his keen sense for cultural details in this riveting biographical historical novel I m giving it 4 full stars

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At stake Isabella resists the zealous demands of the inuisitor Toruemada 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 ueen’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. Find this and other reviews at 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 CW Gortner How did I manage such as oversight you ask I have not the slightest idea but I will say having read both The ueen s Vow and The Tudor Conspiracy within weeks of one another that Gortner has uickly become one of my all time favorite authors and a staple of my personal library Now despite my having written and released my reviews in the reverse order I actually read The ueen s Vow before The Tudor Conspiracy a chance decision that gave me what is apparently a uniue view of Gortner s work Older fans seem to have mixed feelings about this piece and while I completely respect their opinions I think they might be selling Gortner just a bit short Yes the pacing of this novel does not rival his other works and there is an incredible amount of detail within these pages but from what I understand the scope of those stories depend on movement and tension while that of this book is much subtle the incredible detail necessary to the telling Perhaps it is just me but I believe comparing the two is rather like debating apples and oranges The ueen s Vow is at its core a fictional exploration of a woman who has been defined by the unfortunate results of her political policies Scholars tend to judge Isabella of Castile in hindsight recognizing and often reviling her for those decisions that led to the persecution of thousands under the Spanish Inuisition as well as the decimation of native populations in both North and South America What Gortner is asking his readers in The ueen s Vow is if this assessment is fair Should we really judge this woman by the outcome of her declarations or should we consider instead the intent and context in which they were made On the surface it makes for less intense reading but I personally believe there is much to be said for a book that makes you reconsider the way you think of and view history Those who appreciate Tudor lit will find additional merit in this piece as it gives readers insight into the much maligned Catherine of Aragon Her faithful devotion to Catholicism is legendary as is the love she bore her husband and the passion with which she fought for the recognition of her rights as England s ueen and those of her daughter Mary as heir to her father s throne Admittedly this is the only fiction I ve read on Catherine s mother but I really liked the parallels intentional or otherwise emphasized in Gortner s work By illustrating Isabella s journey the hurdles she overcame to take her crown and rule in her own right to marry a man of her own choosing for love rather than political gain to ensure the stability of her realm through the sincere veneration of the Catholic faith one would have to be blind not see how such conviction ambition and determination might mold a daughter born to the woman Gortner paints in The ueen s Vow Tantalizingly provocative and thought provoking I found The ueen s Vow an intensely enjoyable read An elouent if fictional testament to the legacy of one of history s most controversial ueens Complete Amber Sourcebook even as she is seduced by the dreams of an Jadę sobie. Azja. Przewodnik dla podróżujących kobiet enigmatic navigator named Columbus But when the Moors of the southern domain of Granada declare war a violent treacherous battle against an ancient adversary Sweet Alien (Reestrian Mates, 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 ueen’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. Find this and other reviews at 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 CW Gortner How did I manage such as oversight you ask I have not the slightest idea but I will say having read both The ueen s Vow and The Tudor Conspiracy within weeks of one another that Gortner has uickly become one of my all time favorite authors and a staple of my personal library Now despite my having written and released my reviews in the reverse order I actually read The ueen s Vow before The Tudor Conspiracy a chance decision that gave me what is apparently a uniue view of Gortner s work Older fans seem to have mixed feelings about this piece and while I completely respect their opinions I think they might be selling Gortner just a bit short Yes the pacing of this novel does not rival his other works and there is an incredible amount of detail within these pages but from what I understand the scope of those stories depend on movement and tension while that of this book is much subtle the incredible detail necessary to the telling Perhaps it is just me but I believe comparing the two is rather like debating apples and oranges The ueen s Vow is at its core a fictional Detective Wanda Wolfe exploration of a woman who has been defined by the unfortunate results of her political policies Scholars tend to judge Isabella of Castile in hindsight recognizing and often reviling her for those decisions that led to the persecution of thousands under the Spanish Inuisition as well as the decimation of native populations in both North and South America What Gortner is asking his readers in The ueen s Vow is if this assessment is fair Should we really judge this woman by the outcome of her declarations or should we consider instead the intent and context in which they were made On the surface it makes for less intense reading but I personally believe there is much to be said for a book that makes you reconsider the way you think of and view history Those who appreciate Tudor lit will find additional merit in this piece as it gives readers insight into the much maligned Catherine of Aragon Her faithful devotion to Catholicism is legendary as is the love she bore her husband and the passion with which she fought for the recognition of her rights as England s ueen and those of her daughter Mary as heir to her father s throne Admittedly this is the only fiction I ve read on Catherine s mother but I really liked the parallels intentional or otherwise Riverside. 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Er King Enriue and his sultry conniving ueen There Isabella is thrust into danger when she becomes an unwitting pawn in a plot to dethrone Enriue 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. Read This Review More Like It On My Blog45 out of 5 The ueen s Vow is a great first introduction to a well known and well recommended historical fiction author I ve heard and seen CW Gortner s name bandied about freuently 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 ueen Without condescension or annoying repetition this mostly factual story of 15th century hotbed of war religious strife and rebellion in what is now known as simply Spain is riveting from start to finish once The ueen s Vow and the formidable Isabella hit their stride it is nearly impossible to put down Told with an even pace and a clear voice this four hundred page multi part novel pretty much guaranteed that I will be reading by this author and soon In a genre that can often seem uite overbloated with English and French situated books this exploration into the fertile and sunbaked lands of Spain is a welcome and exciting changeThe most remarkable aspect of the entire endeavor is the main character of Isabella herself With the advantage of perspective and history on our side it s clear that the infanta of Castile is a woman of complicated nature someone that is sadly often naive in her religious judgments but one who is conversely amazingly progressive in terms of women s education and rights see her intransigence on the rights of her daughtersCastile s and her own sovereignty from AragonFerdinand until an heir is born CW Gortner is a skilled writer that somehow manages to paint a fully realized and wholly fallible version of the renowned and reviled monarch while still rendering the final character likeable and authentic in her determined role and behaviors Accepting both good and bad facets of her personality and her reign The ueen s Vow offers up possible reasons for the cruel decisions Isabella made for her realm without diverging too far from the roadmap of history It s easy to both root for Isabella in her desperate times and to curse at her when she is so easily manipulated Carrillo Enriue Toruemada even Ferdinand Throughout all her trials and even her mishaps it cannot be denied that this Isabella has life and is never boring to readIt s a credit to both the author and the novel itself that because Isabella is a historical figure largely ignored on her own noteworthy merits maaaybe vaguely known to the general populace because of the connection Christopher Columbus her story here is completely fresh and engaging Unlike the TudorsBorgias who have been done over and over with varying degrees of success this view into the overlooked Trastamara royal family is happily unreminiscent of any other historical fiction I ve read The tertiary characters are a bit hard to keep track of initially due to my lack of experience with this setting but the author eases the reader comfortably into the Castile he has reimagined The endless wars and battles the reuired Court intrigue the drama all were evenly and uniformly handled in The ueen s Vow Despite the fact that war was pretty much the normal state of being for Isabella and her husband the novel is careful to mix the battles between many other historical events so as not to sacrifice the principles characterization or plot advancement Time easily speeds by while turning the pages for the real world as well as the pacing of the book The novel can breeze over years at a time with a sentence which didn t bother me so much as streamline the narrative of a real person The ueen s Vow is a going to a hit with historical fiction lovers There s a lot to love the sweet but imperfect marriage between the Catholic Monarchs the tried and true lure of Court intrigue and betrayal The novel terminates before the end of Isabella s life leaving it somewhat open ended in regards to the main character if not the final conflict If you re looking for a well written and engaging novel with a strong fallible character look no further


10 thoughts on “The ueen's Vow

  1. says:

    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 yearHer 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 K

  2. says:

    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 ueen 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 f

  3. says:

    Where I got the book ARC from the LibraryThing Early Reviewer programThis 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

  4. says:

    Another magnificent release by CW Gortner He excels at bringing the indomitable ueen Isabella of Castile to life in this gripping and unputdownable novel Highly recommended

  5. says:

    Read This Review More Like It On My Blog45 out of 5 The ueen's Vow is a great first introduction to a well known and well recommended

  6. says:

    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 from to ?Y

  7. says:

    Find this and other reviews at consider myself a historic fiction reader It is my primary stomping ground and the genre I feel I am most compe

  8. says:

    I could not put this book down As he did with Juana of Castile in The Last ueen Gortner has once again taken a historical ueen and made her as interesting and exciting as any modern day heroine It's interesting to me how little I knew of Isabel

  9. says:

    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 thi

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