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Castile for Isabella (Isabella and Ferdinand #1)

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Castile for Isabella covers the early life of the most significant of all Spanish monarchs: Isabella of Castile. Isabella is seen as a young girl,within a few steps of the throne; first in the care of an ambitious but unbalanced mother; later in the licentious court of her half-brother HenryIV; and at length ascending the throne, Ferdinand beside her. Meanwhile Henry IV, w ...more
288 pages
Published (first published 1960)
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Deborah Pickstone
First part of a set of biographical novels about Isabella of Castile who funded Columbus and oversaw the creation of the Inquisition. The usual, fairly historically sound (not entirely) product of the busy pen of Jean Plaidy.
Feb 27, 2009 Marie rated it liked it
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This novel begins the story of a young Isabella, born in 1451 to daughter to King John II of Castile & Isabella of Portugal. She is older sister to Alfonso, who is in his cradle at the opening of this novel. She has a great sisterly love for her older brother Henry IV of Castile, who became King of Castile after John died in 1454. The novel revolves around Isabella and her mother who is mentally unstable; and the court of Henry, with the drama resulting in certain factions and their choice a ...more
Lígia Bellini
Jul 07, 2015 Lígia Bellini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the reading! I think, Jean Plaidy had "the touch" to write historical novels! The only thing i disagree, on this reading is about Henry IV of Castile. Reading about him is impossible to don't believe that he was homosexual. Even his illness that took his life, it's suspicious! I know that there's a chance, about being rumours created by his enemies and even his impotence, but his court was full of libertinism! Of course, we'll never know the real truth, but a man that was married ...more
Phil Syphe
Sep 25, 2014 Phil Syphe rated it really liked it
As the title suggests, this historical fiction novel is based on the real life of one of – if not *the* – most famous Spanish queens.

Set in the mid-1400s, “Castile for Isabella” follows Isabella from the age of four up until her late teens, when she becomes Queen.

Ferdinand, the man she expected to marry since infanthood, does not appear in her life for over a decade. He also doesn’t feature in the book until near the end of the story.

This is the first book I’ve read by Jean Plaidy and I am ver
I enjoyed it, but if any of it was based on actual fact, I'm glad I wasn't in line for the throne in those days. Too many people wanting power & doing anything to get it.
Aug 06, 2011 Rodrigo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hummm... ¿Qué decir? He leído muchas de las series de Jean Plaidy (los Plantagenet, Cien Años de Guerra, los Borgia, y otras). Sin duda, ésta no es la mejor. De hecho, creo que es la menos buena. Además de estar lleno de errores históricos, cosa que se le perdona si se considera que no es Historia sino "novela histórica", la construcción de personajes es muy superficial, ¡y cuántos escritores matarían por contar con personajes tan maravillosos! Isabel la Católica, a pesar de haber sido una gran ...more
May 24, 2011 Alison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spain
I was slightly disappointed with this book. It took me a bit of time to read as I found myself not engrossed at all with the story at some points. I have to applaud Jean Plaidy on her fantastic writing though as it almost reads like a history book. I'm sure she did some extensive research for a book like this one. The book as some here had previously pointed out reads like a documentary. I gave the book three stars because I did not feel such a strong bond with the main character - Isabella. Her ...more
Jun 16, 2016 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Este primer tomo de Los Reyes Católicos, se basa en la vida de Isabel desde pequeña, huérfana de padre y bajo el cuidado de una madre desequilibrada, se refugia en el amor de su hermano menor, Alfonso. Ella sabía que a la muerte de su medio hermano Enrique y en caso de faltar Alfonso, ella sería la Reina de Castilla y fue educada con tal propósito. Vive su infancia y adolescencia, llena de vicisitudes, engaños, intrigas, asesinatos despiadados y finalmente al casarse con Fernando de Aragón se co
Apr 25, 2015 Cristina rated it liked it
Its an ok read. I was disappointed with this book. It took me a bit of time to read as I found myself not engrossed at all with the story at some points. There are many historical errors, which is ok since its fiction, but it is still somewhat annoying when there are errors in things that do not need a lot of research. Additionally, I didn't really like the characters, they are superficially described and it doesnt go in dept. Isabel is described as obsessed, first with her mother's attacks and ...more
Ana Luisa
Jul 11, 2016 Ana Luisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fisico
Muy buen inicio para esta trilogía de Los reyes católicos. Considero que fue una buena decisión el dividir la vida de Isabel en tres etapas importantes (niñez/adolescencia, Reina, su legado).

Este primer libro es muy ameno, con prosa ligera y distinta de lo que se esperaría de una novela histórica. Suficientes detalles acerca de la condición de España y de sus reyes. Es impresionante el cómo las mujeres son utilizadas más que nada como moneda de cambio para alianzas entre los países y que Isabel
Ana Elena Romero
Sep 23, 2013 Ana Elena Romero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una fantástica historia centrada en los primeros años de Isabel la Católica, la más extraordinaria reina de España. Su infancia y adolescencia, bajo los cuidados de una madre ambiciosa y desequilibrada, su vida en la corte de su hermano Enrique IV y, finalmente, su ascensión al trono del brazo de Fernando de Aragón. Intriga s, amores clandestinos y escándalos palaciegos se suceden en una inolvidable novela donde la realidad histórica aparece magníficamente plasmada. A esta primera entrega de la ...more
Aug 10, 2008 MichelleCH rated it really liked it
Shelves: european-history
Smart, nicely written and well-done history of Isabella. The novel begins with a very young Isabella right after her father's death. The telling of her mother's impending madness was spot on. We follow Isabella's history to the beginning of her marriage with Ferdinand and the birth of their first child. Very reminiscent of the struggles of Queen Victoria as a child - plotting and backstabbing all around. It is amazing that these women survive childhood to become rulers of their prospective count ...more
I've read quite a bit on the british kings and queens - and so many of those stories include a reference to this powerful woman. it was wonderful to read a story of her life and the time she grew up in. it worried me a little as the story progressed, and many of the characters in the book began to die off - but i guess that's just how it went.

if you enjoy historical fiction like phillppa gregory's works, or g. meyer, then you will enjoy this. best of luck finding the 2nd and 3rd parts of this t
Jul 06, 2012 Al rated it it was ok
I read this in a fairly quick fashion but I wasn't thrilled with the storytelling. Historically speaking, the book moves through in an accurate manner but the writer seems to lack any finesse in filling in the details that make me love historical fiction. I know almost nothing other than the facts, was it cold out? Warm? Were the grounds richly landscaped? Not that all these details are a requirement for a great story, I kind of felt like I was reading a text book that had some liberties with th ...more
I didn't realize when I bought this book it was written so long ago. I love to read regency historical fiction books where you follow a character in the first person. This book annoyed me because it was written sometimes in the first person and sometimes as a third person with historical knowledge of events. I am debating whether or not to purchase the next two books of this series, only because Im interested in the history.
This was a bit like watching a docudrama. It's interesting because you know it's historically accurate and it's bit more entertaining than a straight forward documentary because it's dramatized. But it doesn't really pull you in emotionally like a movie would. It would be a great option for people who find biographies and non-fiction too dry and dull and wish to learn accurate history in novel format.
Jeffrey Perren
Jun 07, 2012 Jeffrey Perren rated it liked it
Mediocre. Basically a re-write of Lawrence Schoonover's far superior (though not perfect itself) The Queen's Cross. Very slow and virtually nothing happens until she marries Ferdinand 90% of the way through. Then, again almost nothing happens - the only drama being his drama queen dislike for the insufficiently awed Archbishop and the birth of their (historically unimportant) first daughter.
Jun 20, 2008 Elena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historic-novels
Plaidy's books are always helpful for someone like me, who never studied history at school, and somehow feels the need to "catch up". They are well researched, relaxing novels, although it would be nice to skip most of the cheesy parts!
Jorge Efraín Dardon
Castilla para Isabel

Interesante. Le falta desarrollo a los personajes. Hubiera sido interesante saber más de Carlos de Viana y de Enrique IV. El personaje de Beatriz Bobadilla es fascinante y requería más espacio.
Oct 23, 2014 LaSibila rated it liked it
Es una novela histórica sobre la vida de Isabel de Castillo. Me gustó la redacción, salvo por la pronunciacion de los nombres y lugares.
Helen Azar
Apr 08, 2010 Helen Azar rated it it was amazing
As usual, Ms Plaidy does not disappoint. The first book of the Ferdinand and Isabella trilogy, and I am already on the second book!
Jun 26, 2008 Maggie rated it liked it
This was a good book for finding out information, and there were interesting parts when you were inside the person's head, but it was not the most thrilling of my books.
Karen Galber
Jul 16, 2014 Karen Galber rated it liked it
Recounts how Isabella became Queen of Castile. It was a path strewn with many obstacles. It also recounts her determination to marry only one man and that man was Ferdinand of Aragon.
Sara W
Jul 19, 2007 Sara W rated it it was amazing
Book I - Focused on Isabella
This book covers the time period between Isabella's Father's death and her ascension to the Queen. I love the characterization, it makes the royalty seem normal and easy to relate to.
Brandon Mendoza
May 21, 2016 Brandon Mendoza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La verdad me encantó, los reyes católicos y los reyes malditos han despertado mi amor por la novela histórica, espero encontrar más joyas así.
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Eleanor Alice Burford, Mrs. George Percival Hibbert was a British author of about 200 historical novels, most of them under the pen name Jean Plaidy which had sold 14 million copies by the time of her death. She chose to use various names because of the differences in subject matter between her books; the best-known, apart from Plaidy, are Victoria Holt (56 million) and Philippa Carr (3 million). ...more
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