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Married at 13 and losing an eye in a duel a year later, Ana, the Princess of Eboli is heiress to the estates and titles of Spain's leading family. A dutiful wife with ten children, rumours begin that she is mistress to Philip II.

Desmond Hogan provides the introduction.
Paperback, 393 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by Virago Press (UK) (first published 1946)
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Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s remarkable that a book in which so little actually happens in front of the reader’s eye can be so utterly compelling, but That Lady is an almost perfect piece of historical fiction, imagining the complex of relationships among three historical figures in a way that renders them entirely human, not just personages moving about in a timeline of great events.

The titular lady is Ana de Mendoza, a leading aristocrat in 16th-century Spain; her dear friend King Philip II; and her lover, Antonio

Every two months or so I and my friend meet to binge-watch historical dramas. Last August we saw La Conjura de El Escorial aka “The Escorial Conspiracy” (it was very good), about the murder of the treasury secretary Juan de Escobedo in 1578. The movie was very good; the villains were Antonio Perez, the secretary of Philip II, and his lover Ana de Mendoza, Princess of Eboli, possibly the richest and most powerful woman in Spain at that time. I didn’t know much about her apart from one memorable
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: histórica
Un perfecto retrato de-Ana de Mendoza y de la Cerda- Princesa de Éboli y duquesa de Pastrana. Una mujer considerada en su época muy bella, con mucho poder,intrépida y fascinante en medio de las poderosas relaciones que mantenía con los principales personajes de la corte de Felipe II.
Muy bien descritos los personajes y la trama.
Definitivamente necesito las 3 estrellas y media. ¡Por favor!
Lector Perruno
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La princesa de Éboli es un personaje que siempre me llamó la atención. Había cogido este libro prestado en la biblioteca en dos ocasiones. Por h o por b no llegué a leerlo. A la tercera fue la vencida y me he alegrado mucho.

Como maniático de la novela histórica, me gustan las biografías que engloban la totalidad de la vida de sus protagonistas. No es el caso. Al contrario que otras novelas como la escrita por Almudena de Arteaga que te narra su vida entera (aunque de forma más sintética), aquí
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
A fantastic historic novel set at the court of Philip II of Spain at the end of the 16th century. Beyond the very interesting descriptions of contemporary events, etiquette and court life, I was completely seduced by the admirable and likeable heroine, and the story of how her love life influenced the politics of Spain. The characters come to life very effectively thanks to the subtlety and great power of the style and I became so attached to them that their fate made my heart beat and also made ...more
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
interesting read; Bitter sweet romance and hard decisions between friendship and love. O'Brien deals with that special aspect of love -'if I can't have her, no one shall'- efficiently and plausible
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Intriguing plot
Hard work to keep track but worth the intense effort
Adelaide Mcginnity
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
The pacing is a bit slow and the tone - most notably in the dialogue - seems a bit anachronistic at times for the historical subject. The choice of what scenes O'Brien chooses to illustrate is also a little bizarre. The reader is privy to a number of long, repetitive conversations, but miss the most important piece of action in the entire drama (and the excuse of a third-person limited narrator is not applicable, since Ana is privy to the action in question).

Yet, nonetheless, I found myself
May 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
one of those books that have sat on my shelves for years since I bought it at a secondhand shop, I read it because I've just watched Brief Encounter, and Celia whatever goes to the library and is pleased to find the latest Kate O'Brien. Which intrigued me, and all the more so when I discovered that That Lady is about an affair. It was so very old-fashioned, reams of exposition interspresed with the livlier scenes, totally at odds with the 'show, don't tell' that is hammered home to writers these ...more
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical, europe
It took twice as long to finish than I expected. I found it quite boring. The story was too slow to move along. I did not like the author's repeated use of the word 'hysterical'. I am learning Portuguese so becoming interested in the history of Iberia in general. Not wasted time at all.
The treatment of women - and particularly Philip's power over his supposed friend - just makes me angry. The double standard is written in very well, however. I usually like Virago titles more.
Jul 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as compelling as her novels that dealt with periods and places closer to her life.
Love, pasion and drama
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Kathleen Mary Louise "Kate" O'Brien, was an Irish novelist and playwright.

After the success of her play, Distinguished Villa in 1926, she took to full-time writing and was awarded the 1931 James Tait Black Prize for her novel Without My Cloak. She is best known for her 1934 novel The Ante-Room, her 1941 novel The Land of Spices and the 1946 novel That Lady. Many of her books dealt with issues of
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