Isabel: Jewel of Castilla, Spain, 1466 (The Royal Diaries)
"To see her speak was divine."- Fernandez de Oviedo
Coverly Love?:Yes! I’ve always loved the beautifully illustrated covers this series has.
Plot:Princess Isabel is a sister caught between two brothers. On the one hand, her older stepbrother Enrique is supreme leader of Castilla and León, and she’s forced to obey his every command. On the other hand, her brother Alfonso has raised rebel forces and claimed himself King of Castilla, effectively driving a wedge throughout t ...more
Isabel was a fabulous little excerpt from the childhood of one of the most powerful and influential queens of the time. She certainly had a rough life but I admired how she remained spirited and determined yet still humble and submissive at the correct moments. It was a story of faith and power. The characters were well written and portrayed in excit ...more
Although a lot of the book is about her daily live, the majority of it is involved in tying that daily life into the political problems, betrayals and dangers that she fa ...more
I was disappointed.
The writing is okay, & it's nice to have a book about Isabel's childhood rather than her adulthood or the same old story about Columbus, but I found our 'heroine' to be dreadfully dull. I understand she (along with most of ...more
A solid addition to the Royal Diary series, Isabel deals with the young adulthood of the queen who would later become the patron of Christopher Columbus. The diary centers around the dilemmas that Isabel faces as she chooses which of her two brothers to support as king, and as she hopes to be married to someone who will not be completely repugnant to her. Isabel is forced to grapple with her conscience as she supports one of her brothers over the other in ...more
Isabel of Castilla is the sister of two brothers that are both "crowned" King of lands that will become Spain. The diary covers the time from when she moves in with her younger brother to the day she meets her husband, King Ferdinand.
What I liked about the book was how Isabel questioned women ruling. I...more
One thing that I did find annoying to see was how strict her priest was at the beginning of her diary to write down all her sins. While this is not a terrible practice, the way that he was coming across was a "fire and brimstone" kind of guy. She ended up changing her writing to be more about her everyday ...more