Katherine of Aragon and Juana, Queen of Castile were the daughters of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain, pawns on the European political stage. Approaching their history from this family perspective gives a very different viewpoint on the two women. Juana, wife of Philip of Burgundy and Mother to the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V had a life of trial and tribulation, known in history as Juana the Mad, her story is equally compelling and just as tragic as that of Katherine of Aragon, first wife to Henry VIII. With so many histories of the Tudor period rarely venturing off the beaten track, Julia Fox is to be commended for her research into the wider Tudor picture.
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Katherine of Aragon, Henry VIII's first bride, has become an icon: the betrayed wife, the revered Queen, the devoted mother, a woman callously cast aside by a selfish husband besotted by his strumpet of a mistress. Her sister, Juana of Castile, wife of Philip of Burgundy and mother of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, the most powerful man in Renaissance Europe, is still more of a legend. She is 'Juana the Mad', the wife so passionately in love with her husband that she could not bear to be parted from him even by death, keeping his coffin by her side for year upon year. They were Sister Queens - the accomplished daughters of Ferdinand and Isabella, the founders of a unified Spain. A gripping tale of love, sacrifice, the demands of duty and the conflict between ambition and loyalty - at a time when even royal women had to fight for their positions in society - Julia Fox's vibrant new biography teems with life. Linked not only by blood but by cruel experience, their dual stories enrich our understanding of them both, casting a searchlight onto the turbulent age in which they lived.
Publication date: 26/04/2012
Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
|Publication date:||26th April 2012|
|Publisher:||Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, History,|
|Categories:||Biography: historical, political & military, European history, Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700,|
Julia Fox is a historical researcher and teacher. She is married to the distinguished Tudor historian and broadcaster John Guy. She lives in north London.More About Julia Fox