Spain in the years before the Armada, and high passion meets high politics. Ana, Princess of Eboli is a remarkable woman. Married at thirteen and losing an eye in a duel a year later, Ana is also heiress of Spain's leading family, widow of Philip II's wisest cousellor and rumoured to be the King's mistress. Unexpectedly - and unwisely - she falls in love with Don Antonio P...more
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 m ...more
Muy bien descritos los personajes y la trama.
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 ...more
Yet, nonetheless, I found myself engr ...more
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.
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 ...more