Rebecca Huston's Reviews > Sister Queens: The Noble, Tragic Lives of Katherine of Aragon and Juana, Queen of Castile

Sister Queens by Julia Fox
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Mar 12, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 15th-century, 16th-century, england, royals, spain, 2012-around-the-world-in-52-books, royalty-12-for-2012-challenge
Read from March 13 to 17, 2012 — I own a copy

Smart, insightful look at two daughters of Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain, and what became of them. While Katherine of Aragon has been written about endlessly, Juana of Castile's story tends to get overlooked. While I could have hoped for more about Juana, this is still a decent read, and a good, sensible biography that looks a bit deeper into the various, rather lurid, legends. Four stars overall.

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Reading Progress

03/14/2012 page 131
27.0% "Katherine and Juana have met for the last time."
03/17/2012 page 328
72.0% "The King's Great Matter is in full hue and cry now. And Katherine is backed up against the wall."
03/17/2012 page 454
100.0% "All done. Not as bad as I had feared it would be. Long review coming soon."

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Wendy,  Lady Evelyn Quince Didn't know about this one!Another Juana La Loca book to add to my growing list...

Rebecca Huston I've noticed there's been a real explosion of books about Juana this last decade. Interesting how that works out.

Wendy,  Lady Evelyn Quince That movie "Mad Love" that came out a few years ago might have ignited interest. Plus, the true story of a beautiful princess mad with love with her husband, who travels around the country with his corpse and is then imprisoned by her father and son for 50 years in a tower, going ever more insane, is the stuff great books are made of. :)

Rebecca Huston True, true. I found 'Mad Love' a great little film, and great for a costume junkie like me.

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