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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,273 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: C. W. Gortner Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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One of history’s most enigmatic women tells the haunting, passionate story of her tumultuous life. Juana of Castile is just thirteen when she witnesses the fall of Moorish Granada and the uniting of the fractured kingdoms of Spain under her warrior parents, Isabel and Fernando. Intelligent, beautiful, and proud of her heritage, Juana rebels when she is chosen as a bride for the Hapsburg heir—until she comes face-to-face with Prince Philip the Fair, a man who will bring her the greatest of passions and the darkest despair.

When tragedy decimates Juana’s family in Spain, she suddenly finds herself heiress to Castile, a realm prey to scheming lords bent on thwarting her rule. The betrayal of those she loves plunges Juana into a ruthless battle of wills—a struggle of corruption, perfidy, and heart-shattering deceit that could cost her the crown, her freedom, and her very life.

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  • “The 1492 conquest of Granada makes for high adventure and royal intrigue in this second sparkling historical from Gortner…Disturbing royal secrets and court manipulations wickedly twist this enthralling story, brilliantly told.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A gripping story of passion, intrigue and betrayal…an exceptionally good read.”

    Historical Novels Review

  • “A provocative and well-crafted historical novel. Marguerite Gavin superbly reads Juana’s first-person account…in a carefully controlled and subtly elegant tone that makes the listener wonder whether ‘Juana la Loca’ was truly mad or the victim of political machinations. Gavin richly portrays Juana…”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Drury | 2/15/2014

    " I enjoyed reading about an important figure in European history of whom I had never really heard. Juana I of Spain, last queen of Spain and sister of Catherine of Aragon as a matter of fact. Why had I never heard of her? Because she was a woman and was locked away out of sight for the last 46 years of her life. But she played an important role in spreading the Hapsburg Dynasty into Spain, and was the mother of two kings and three queens in Europe. Not bad for a crazy woman who was a victim of power plays and was basically removed from history at the age of 27. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mizmuzikmama Musiker | 1/30/2014

    " I love historical fiction. This author has brought to life Juana, the daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella. Anyone interested in Spanish history will enjoy the details, the intrigue, and the struggles of this last queen of Castile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Deb | 1/27/2014

    " Main character Queen Juana of Spain really existed, as did most of the supporting cast, but author insists it is fiction... yes, one of those that makes you want to know more if you are a pseudo-history student, but is delightful to read if you are not. Pure historians might have a fit, but I'm not going to do the research to see if they have real justification to do so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Maren | 1/23/2014

    " I enjoyed reliving my Spanish History class, and remembering many of the places I've visited in Spain. However, the drama was a bit soap opera-ish for my taste. Not nearly as bad as Pope Joan, but of course this author had much more historical context to work with. "

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