Isabel: Jewel of Castilla, Spain, 1466
But this one wasn't one of my favorites just like it wasn't one of my favorites when I read it as a kid. Although Isabel of Castile is a ...more
"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 ...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
Meyer does a fairly good job of introducing a lot of the politics and thoughts of the day, especially in t ...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 the ...more
The first few pages in the book set a pretty dimsal tone. Not just because of the political difficulties of Isabel's situation, but because of how strict Isabel is over confession and penance and all that. I'm actually pretty religious myself, but every time Isabel wrote about her sins I went all 'Come on, girl, you're just going to make yourself depressed.' Even one of Isabel's friends has this complaint! Ove ...more
I was disappointed that the romance was nonexistent. There were so many suitors going ...more
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My first historical fiction foray into Isabel's world was through C. W. Gortner's powerful The Queen's Vow. Now, that book was an adult book that clocked in at about 400 pages. This one is a MG book with fewer th ...more
For those of you who don't know, the Royal Diaries are kind of an offshoot of the Dear America books which purport to be the diaries of various princesses throughout history. This one is Isabel of Spain, as in Ferdinand and, though of course she's not married yet. It recounts her preteen and early teenage years.
Now, it's very accurate, factually speaking, and there are some things that ring true when compared with Isabel's later actions, like her ...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
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
Imma tell you something, but the 0% segue between "my brother, King Alfonso" and "King Alfonso thinks you're very attractive and wants to marry you" threw me for a loop for 10 pages before I realized that the Spanish and Portuguese kings have the same name for some ridiculous reason.
Her daughter was Catharine of Aragon, who married Henry VIII. She and her husband are the monarchs who support Columbus' voyage. The Spanish Inquisition to covert Jews to Christianity, which was ...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
For my full review including spoilers, check out Young Adult Historical Vault. https://yahistoricalvault.com ...more
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