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ePub Û Sister Queens Queen of Castile ´ Join or create book clubs ´ [Reading] ➷ Sister Queens: The Noble, Tragic Lives of Katherine of Aragon and Juana, Queen of Castile By Join or create book clubs – Eyltransferservices.co.uk NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe history books have cast Katherine ofN NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe history books have cast Katherine of Aragon the first ueen of King Henry VIII of England as the ultimate symbol of the Betrayed Woman cruelly tossed aside in favor of her husbands seductive mistress Anne Boleyn Katherines sister Juana of Castile wife of Philip of Burgundy and mother of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V is portrayed as Juana the Mad whose erratic behavior included keeping her beloved late husbands coffin beside her for years But historian Julia Fox whose previous work painted an unprecedented portrait of Jane Boleyn Annes sister offers deeper insight in this first dual biography of Katherine and Juana the daughters of Spains Ferdinand and Isabella whose family ties remained strong despite their separation Looking through the lens of their Spanish origins Fox reveals these ueens as flesh and blood womeneuipped with character intelligence and convictionwho are worthy historical figures in their own right When they were young Juanas and Katherines futures appeared promising They had secured politically advantageous marriages but their dreams of love and power uickly dissolved and the unions for which theyd spent their whole lives preparing were fraught with duplicity and betrayal Juana the elder sister unexpectedly became Spains sovereign but her authority was continually usurped first by her husband and later by her son Katherine a young widow after the death of Prince Arthur of Wales soon remarried his doting brother Henry and later became a key figure in a drama that altered Englands religious landscape Ousted from the positions of power and influence they had been groomed for and separated from their children Katherine and Juana each turned to their rich and abiding faith and deep personal belief in their familys dynastic legacy to cope with their enduring hardships Sister ueens is a gripping tale of love duty and sacrificea remarkable reflection on the conflict between ambition and loyalty during an age when the greatest sin it seems was to have been born a wom There are a lot of books about Catherine of Aragon the first wife of Henry VIII but very few at least in English about her sister Juana of Castile 1479 1557 also known as Juana the Mad So it is with the interest in Juana that I bought and read this bookI don't know how to say it in a gentler way and am aware that it sounds terribly arrogant but this is a book written by a former history teacher not a historian My main problem with it is how the references are organized Julia Fox uses the Harvard reference system which means that there isn't any citation or a direct link to a specific source in the body of text as you read it which is most common in any historical book but instead at the end of the book she says which fact is taken from where for each chapter Not all interesting bits are referenced; and overall it reads almost like a novel rather than a thorough historical research and the lack of direct uotations gives the story less credence as a resultTwo points1 Half of the book's subject is Spanish yet there are no Spanish language books AT ALL in the references Which is weird Surely there would be a lot of good useful material in the original language shedding light on the life and real mental state of Juana One even wonders that Julia Fox probably doesn't know Spanish and in this light it seems strange that she undertook such a subject with a researcher aplomb A couple of Spanish surnames are mentioned but with no reference as to what their books are called2 Any historical book relies heavily on the contemporary sources such as chronicles No suchlike Spanish chronicle writers are mentioned; was there no one writing at the time of Juana's life? What of Burgundian court's writers? Even if Juana's lovely Spanish relatives insisted she was mad there could be someone local who witnessed her behaviour while she lived in Burgundy and left an account? What about her youngest daughter Catalina who lived with Juana during her incarceration and who left to marry? Surely it would be worth unearthing anything about her in case she ever spoke about her mother to other people? Julia Fox could have dug deeper and whom to look for for the references to JuanaThe main uestion Was Juana really mad? Or is it a textbook case of historical gaslighting the worst possible misogyny directed to her by her power greedy family to elbow her out of the way on the premise of her instability? The answer of course no one knows ; But this must not be taken against Julia Fox as a writer as even meticulous researchers who chew through mountains of published and unpublished sources usually arrive to the same elucidating conclusion along the lines of probably mad but at times rather sane Maybe died eually can be still at large for a whileI'd recommend this book as an introduction but urge anyone interested in Juana to plod forward in their reading Aram B Juana the Mad Sovereignty and Dynasty in Renaissance Europe and Prawdin M The Mad ueen of Spain might be better books

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe history books have cast Katherine of Aragon the first ueen of King Henry VIII of England as the ultimate symbol of the Betrayed Woman cruelly tossed aside in favor of her husbands seductive mistress Anne Boleyn Katherines sister Juana of Castile wife of Philip of Burgundy and mother of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V is portrayed as Juana the Mad whose erratic behavior included keeping her beloved late husbands coffin beside her for years But historian Julia Fox whose previous work painted an unprecedented portrait of Jane Boleyn Annes sister offers deeper insight in this first dual biography of Katherine and Juana the daughters of Spains Ferdinand and Isabella whose family ties remained strong despite their separation Looking through the lens of their Spanish origins Fox reveals these ueens as flesh and blood womeneuipped with character intelligence and convictionwho are worthy historical figures in their own right When they were young Juanas and Katherines futures appeared promising They had secured politically advantageous marriages but their dreams of love and power uickly dissolved and the unions for which theyd spent their whole lives preparing were fraught with duplicity and betrayal Juana the elder sister unexpectedly became Spains sovereign but her authority was continually usurped first by her husband and later by her son Katherine a young widow after the death of Prince Arthur of Wales soon remarried his doting brother Henry and later became a key figure in a drama that altered Englands religious landscape Ousted from the positions of power and influence they had been groomed for and separated from their children Katherine and Juana each turned to their rich and abiding faith and deep personal belief in their familys dynastic legacy to cope with their enduring hardships Sister ueens is a gripping tale of love duty and sacrificea remarkable reflection on the conflict between ambition and loyalty during an age when the greatest sin it seems was to have been born a woma Fascinating book very well written The history appears very well researched but is presented in highly readable form I couldn't put it down It really makes Katherine of Aragon and Juana ueen of Castile come alive Highly recommended I hope this author writes books

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Sister Queens The Noble Tragic Lives of Katherine of Aragon and Juana Queen of CastileNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe history books have cast Katherine of Aragon the first ueen of King Henry VIII of England as the ultimate symbol of the Betrayed Woman cruelly tossed aside in favor of her husbands seductive mistress Anne Boleyn Katherines sister Juana of Castile wife of Philip of Burgundy and mother of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V is portrayed as Juana the Mad whose erratic behavior included keeping her beloved late husbands coffin beside her for years But historian Julia Fox whose previous work painted an unprecedented portrait of Jane Boleyn Annes sister offers deeper insight in this first dual biography of Katherine and Juana the daughters of Spains Ferdinand and Isabella whose family ties remained strong despite their separation Looking through the lens of their Spanish origins Fox reveals these ueens as flesh and blood womeneuipped with character intelligence and convictionwho are worthy historical figures in their own right When they were young Juanas and Katherines futures appeared promising They had secured politically advantageous marriages but their dreams of love and power uickly dissolved and the unions for which theyd spent their whole lives preparing were fraught with duplicity and betrayal Juana the elder sister unexpectedly became Spains sovereign but her authority was continually usurped first by her husband and later by her son Katherine a young widow after the death of Prince Arthur of Wales soon remarried his doting brother Henry and later became a key figure in a drama that altered Englands religious landscape Ousted from the positions of power and influence they had been groomed for and separated from their children Katherine and Juana each turned to their rich and abiding faith and deep personal belief in their familys dynastic legacy to cope with their enduring hardships Sister ueens is a gripping tale of love duty and sacrificea remarkable reflection on the conflict between ambition and loyalty during an age when the greatest sin it seems was to have been born a woman As an avid reader of biographies since an early age I have always wanted to know about the actual person behind the historical fact it was time to bone up on Katherine of Aragon My first attempt left me struggling page after page to even find Katherine as the writer went on and on about everyone else on the European stage at that time and before with only a brief mention of her name thrown in from time to time After struggling through a uarter of the book I started searching for something else and found this And was immediately hooked Katherine Of Aragon and her world came alive I found Fox's rendition highly enlightening and extremely easy to read It was also illuminating concerning her sister Juana offering an insight into her life that I had previously not seen