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Spain for the Sovereigns (Isabella and Ferdinand #2)

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Isabella 23, Queen of Castile and jealous greedy Consort Ferdinand 22, Prince of Aragon, dream of a united Christian Spain. She brings law, order, peace, the Catholic Inquisition that tortures and banishes Jews. He conquers Moorish strongholds, in Grenada helped by a Castilian harem slave ambitious for her son Boabdil. Columbus finally sails to the New World.
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2.5 stars. I thought this was just an OK/average book. It covers the reign of Isabella and Ferdinand from shortly after their marriage through the return of the adventurer, Cristobol Colon (Columbus) from the New World which includes the installation of the Inquisition, the conquest of the Moors and the expulsion of the Jews. Somewhat dry and matter-of-fact, but nontheless, gives a good basic story. I have yet to find a really good book on these two - the other ones that are out there (The Queen ...more
Phil Syphe
“Spain for the Sovereigns”, Book 2 of the Isabella and Ferdinand series, focuses on the holy war that the royal pair declared on the Jews and Moslems who occupied certain areas of Spain. In their bid to eradicate anyone who was not a Catholic, they united all provinces of Spain, thus their rule of Castile and Aragon increased until they became monarchs of the whole country.

Isabella comes across as a flawed heroine. In many respects she is a noble queen and a good person, yet at the same time she
An Odd1
Isabella is Queen of Castile, will never share rule with jealous money-hungry Consort Ferdinand, Prince of Aragon, first 23 to his 22. Believable motives fortify their mutual dream to unite Spain, conquer rich Moor strongholds, palatial Alhambra in Granada, Malaga. First they must raise allies and money for supplies, soldiers, training. When young, she promised her confessor a Christian realm; Jews are rich. The couple empower fanatic Catholic Inquisitors to torture, burn, and confiscate. Person ...more
Después de leer el Libro I y el II, sostengo mi opinión: ésta no es la mejor saga de Jean Plaidy. De hecho, creo que es la menos buena.

No solamente por los tremendos errores históricos, sino por la manera en que está escrita.

Sabemos que no pretende ser un documento histórico, que es una novela "basada" en la historia, pero no deja de sorprender el que, según Plaidy, ahora resulta que Cristóbal Colón ya sabía que iba a descubrir un nuevo continente, y eso es justamente lo que les ofreció a los R
Sigh... I just finished book two and I'm feeling obligated to keep going. Will it get better with time? I'm a captive audience; I commute and got the e-version. I can't just waste it!

I can paraphrase the story telling pretty easily....

Isabella was betrothed, she was scared. Then she met her husband and she learned he was nervous too. And with that shared emotion, they grew to love each other and they were happy. Then he died suddenly in a hunting accident and she was sad.

What? What happened whe
Ana Elena
Basada en hechos históricos, esta novela narra las vicisitudes de un próspero reinado, donde se yergue la figura de Isabel, una de las mujeres de más férrea voluntad que recuerda la historia. La autora nos muestra la vida privada de una reina al frente del gobierno de España en unos años difíciles. España para sus soberanos es la continuación de la historia de Isabel la Católica, iniciada por Jean Plaidy en Castilla para Isabel, y concluida con Las hijas de España.
This book was ok, but not very interesting, and definetly not a thrill-a-minute type. It was also fictional about many parts of the Spanish Sovereigns lives.
Sara W
Book II - Focused on early reign of Ferdinand and Isabella
mucho más naive que el anterior
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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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