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The Last Queen
The Last Queen
Author: C. W. Gortner
ISBN-13: 9780345501851
ISBN-10: 0345501853
Publication Date: 5/5/2009
Pages: 400
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 34 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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6 Book Reviews submitted by our Members...sorted by voted most helpful

kristinpeterson92 avatar reviewed The Last Queen on + 4 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
This is a fabulous story about Juana. I have read a lot about her sister, Catherine of Aragon, but was fascinated by her story. The book details many of her relationships and shows why she might have gone "mad" as she is supposed to have been.
mommahalo avatar reviewed The Last Queen on + 24 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
The book is captivating leaving you falling in love with the main heroine Juana and her hand maidens. You follow her through an arranged marriage, love, abuse, royal intrigue, conspiracies, and honor. The book is written so well that you honestly believe it for the whole truth. I screamed at and despised her enemies with her. I cried and celebrated her triumphs. And prayed for this Queen's happy ending. But the sad part is it is historical fiction and the book stays true to the ending. I could not put this book down.
I-F-Letty avatar reviewed The Last Queen on + 73 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I don't know why it took me so long to read this book it has been on my shelf for at least 2 years. I saw the accolades about C.W. Gortner The Last Queen. Several of my favorite authors had said it was a lovely book, beautifully written, about a Queen little known in the U.S. I just have to say that I didn't pick it up for a number of reasons. The main reason I just don't have much interest in the history of Spain. The second being that the time period the rise of the Tudors, hell the Tudors themselves have just been done to death and not always well.

So I was surprised just how much I like getting to know Juana, and her story is not a happy one. Any student of history knows no royal princess it seems had a life to envy. They were just another weapon in their family's royal arsenal. Juana was the third child of Isabel and Ferdinand of Spain, never expected to rule. She just hoped to find a husband that would value her and perhaps one she could find affection for.

The archduke Philip of Flanders was the man chosen for her, and at first she had found love, she felt that her husband valued her for herself. But Philip was a man of his time he was had mistresses and wanted power. He was after all the heir to the Holy Roman Empire, and unfortunately his father was in good health. He was ambitious and easily lead, and when Juana's brother Juan dies, as did her sister Isabella who dies in child birth. Her son lives but the baby soon dies, leaving Juana heir to Spain, Philip was not content to stand by and let Juana rule, leaving him as just her consort. Her parents didn't trust the Hapsburg's, and Philip is courted by the French just cemented their beliefs.

Juana is betrayed by everyone she loves and trusted, she is perhaps the most tragic figure of this great age of discovery.

Gortner's research took 6 years and that shows. He is a fine writer in that way good authors flesh out their characters. But I wanted more. 3 1/2 stars.
dutchmade avatar reviewed The Last Queen on + 10 more book reviews
I have never read anything about the Spanish royalty. This is a very informative novel. Although it is a novel most of the book is based on fact. This is the second book I've read by this author and highly recommend his books to anyone interested in history.
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This book is fantastic. This is the 1st book I have read about Spanish nobility. I have heard references of Juanita the Loca, this book tells her story very well.
NonExistence avatar reviewed The Last Queen on + 239 more book reviews
I hesitated to read this book. It is not my style.

I have to tell you what a joy and pleasure it what to read. The best read in a long time.

I felt like I was really there [a fly on the wall] listening to everything that happened in Juana's life. It was a human life with all the intricacies, mysteries, intrigue, love and hate.

The love she felt for her husband then the betrayal. To steel herself to continue to the end and devote herself to her country. Then the ultimate betrayal by her father. What men did for power in those days and still do today.

All the human drama, secrets, upheavals in Spain's history, is rich and enlightening. Another way to look at the life of a Queen supposedly crazy.