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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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Apr 04, 2009 Tanzanite rated it it was ok
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
Lígia Bellini
Sep 28, 2015 Lígia Bellini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On "Spain for the Sovereigns", Jean Plaidy, tell us about how greedy and unfaithful Ferdinand was becoming! He never accepted well his position as Queen's Consort. For Isabella, it was complicated! She didn't want to give up of her position, but she also didn't want to let Ferdinand feel that he wasn't an equal to her! I think Ferdinand, being unfaithful to Isabella, was a "way" for him, to show that he ruled as man! Besides that, both were in total agreement when was about unit Spain in one fai ...more
Ana Luisa
Jul 25, 2016 Ana Luisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tenía altas expectativas de esta parte de la novela ya que era la parte importante de la vida de Isabel y Fernando como soberanos de España. Su mayor defecto es resumir muchas partes de la historia, provocando que te quedes con cara de *WHAT? ¿Qué acaba de pasar?*, restando sabor a la lectura.

En ocasiones Plaidy se estanca con una idea en un personaje, aquí fue Fernando con los "ojos que brillaban" de codicia. SIEMPRE lo repetía, volviéndose cansado, uno esperar mayor descripción en sentimientos
Aug 06, 2011 Rodrigo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Phil Syphe
Sep 27, 2014 Phil Syphe rated it really liked it
“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
Oct 31, 2015 Gianna rated it really liked it
I've been enjoying Plaidy's series about Isabelle and Ferdinand (Fernando) so far. It's disappointing that the novels about Isabella--a most influential monarch and a fascinating female figure during this era--are so few in English. If one is expecting Phillipa Gregory's style, she or he may not appreciate Plaidy's Spain for the Sovereigns. Gregory is much more emotional and sensational, "sexier," and these elements have certainly been a key in her success. Plaidy appears somewhat reserved in co ...more
Jul 06, 2012 Al rated it it was ok
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
Jun 27, 2016 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

En este segundo tomo, ya casada Isabel y muy enamorada de Fernando, se percata de que no es el hombre maravilloso que ella anhelaba; es ambicioso, infiel e interesado. Tienen cinco hijos, introducen la Inquisición en los reinos de Castilla y Aragón y vencen en las batallas contra Granada y Sevilla contra los moros, haciendo así de España una nación católica.
Cristóbal Colón, después de muchos intentos en Portugal y en la misma España porque alguien lo apoye en sus travesías marítimas por el Océa
Karen Galber
Jul 17, 2014 Karen Galber rated it liked it
Describes how Ferdinand and Isabella reconquered Spain and made the whole country catholic. Isabella is described as devout but it does not matter to her how many Jews and Muslims are killed in the most horrific ways to make Spain a Catholic country.
Ferdinand is after all the money he can get from the Jews and Muslims once they are murdered.
A very interesting read and unputdownable and am now looking forward to reading " Daughters of Spain"
Ana Elena Romero
Sep 23, 2013 Ana Elena Romero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sara W
Jul 19, 2007 Sara W rated it it was amazing
Book II - Focused on early reign of Ferdinand and Isabella
Jul 02, 2008 Maggie rated it liked it
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.
Aug 08, 2013 Nix rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
mucho más naive que el anterior
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Feb 13, 2015 Lucero Gil rated it really liked it
Una muy buena historia sobre Isabel y fernando, enfocada totalmente en la Inquisición y la ambición de poder
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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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