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Sister Queens: Katherine of Aragon and Juana Queen of Castile #2020

Sister Queens Katherine of Aragon and Juana Queen of Castile The first dual biography of Katherine and Juana of Aragon based on a comprehensive re evaluation of the sources Katherine of Aragon Henry VIII s first bride has become an icon the betrayed wife th

  • Title: Sister Queens: Katherine of Aragon and Juana Queen of Castile
  • Author: Julia Fox
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  • Page: 437
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  • Sister Queens: Katherine of Aragon and Juana Queen of Castile By Julia Fox, The first dual biography of Katherine and Juana of Aragon, based on a comprehensive re evaluation of the sources 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 oThe first dual biography of Katherine and Juana of Aragon, based on a comprehensive re evaluation of the sourcesKatherine 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 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.

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    1. Poor Queen Juana Like many others who have had even the slightest interest in European history, I d bought completely the story of her madness How she kept her husband s moldering corpse with her at all times, how she periodically opened the casket to kiss it and embrace it How her jealousy knew no bounds and even in death she kept every other woman away from Philip the Fair How she roamed around, mad as a hatter, and was confined most of her life to protect her and the Spanish countryside from [...]

    2. This book is about two sisters, the daugthers of Ferdinand and Isabella Katherine of Aragon was the first of Henry VIII s six wives and queen of England, and Juana was married to Philip of Burgundy, and became queen upon her mother s death Much of this history is fairly well known and doesn t need another recap, plus I d rather not spoil for those newer to the history of these two sisters.My thoughts Katherine gets the greater coverage in this book, and with the glut of everything Tudor on the m [...]

    3. Katherine of Aragon is known for suffering in the hands of Henry VIII or accurately because of Anne Boleyn Juana the Mad is known for simply being crazy and spending 46 years incarcerated, resulting in us never knowing what the Spanish Empire had been like had she been able to rule in her right at least her descendents spanned two centuries There is to these two sisters, however Julia Fox attempts to show their characteristics and legacies in Sister Queens.Fox s Sister Queens begins in a very [...]

    4. Accessible and easy to read biography of Katherine of Aragon and Juana of Castile Like many of Alison Weir s bios this offering from Fox reads like a novel than a bio and is pitched often in quite simplistic terms There were several stylistic quirks that drove me nuts but on the whole it was a solid read even if Fox sometimes falls into the trap of stating as facts things that we cannot possibly know for sure There s not a whole lot new here but it is presented from a slightly different angle t [...]

    5. I m not much of one for biographies, despite the volume of European historical fiction that I enjoy reading This is usually because every non fiction novel I have ever attempted to read has been incredibly dull, overly complex and, most importantly, incredibly scholarly, but not readable at all This brings me to Julia Fox s latest offering, Sister Queens, which I originally ordered thinking that it was a fiction novel It wasn t until I received the book, that I realized I had made a mistake Howe [...]

    6. I won t read anything by this author Sadly, this is not good history she makes far too many inferences that can t be verified and then refers to them later in the text as if they were established fact She writes very readably but often seems unsure whether she is writing fiction or history it is meant to be straight history , telling us how this one or that one was feeling or may have felt She managed to squeeze in a reference to Prince Charles and Lady Di s wedding which I thought quite bizarr [...]

    7. Sister Queens, an insightful and engrossing dual biography, contrasts the lives of Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of Henry VIII, and Juana, Queen of Castile, both daughters of Spanish rulers Isabel I and Ferdinand II who are best known for their patronage of Christopher Columbus and their establishment of the Spanish Inquisition The boundaries of Europe were still very fluid and Catholicism was splitting apart when Catherine and Juana dutifully left their childhood home to strengthen Spain [...]

    8. I received this book as part of the first reads program from.This book tells the story of two remarkable women that were sisters who became the queen of England and the queen of Castile.The book covers of Katherine of Aragon than it does Juana of Castile.Juana of Castile doesn t have as many historical records and accounts left for us today as Katherine does so I found that to not be the fault of the author.This book was well researched by the author and written in the manner of a historical f [...]

    9. While Julia Fox s attention to little details is meticulous, her book Sister Queens is mis titled It s a lopsided historical account of Katherine of Aragon, with scant attention placed on her older sister, Juana of Castile It read to me like Fox intended to write a biography on Katherine and maybe came up a few pages short, so she crammed in some facts about Juana They were sisters, both queens, treated cruelly by their husbands and then cast aside in vicious games of politics.I figure 2 3 of th [...]

    10. I enjoyed this book thoroughly This was Katherine s story than Juana s, perhaps because Juana spent so much of her life in captivity, and as a result I was familiar with much of the history, but I still found it fascinating I will be buying this when the US edition comes out.

    11. Although I normally find it reductive or even counterproductive to proclaim how far feminism has come in mere centuries when things like this still exist, after finishing Julia Fox s biography of two Spanish queens Juana the Mad and Katherine of Aragon I have to say, oh my GOSH, isn t it great how far feminism has come in mere centuries Because these women suffered And even though sometimes their suffering equated to I might have to sell my bejeweled golden plate because my prince husband widowe [...]

    12. Sister Queens by Julia Fox shows how historical non fiction should be done Julia Fox is truly talented She handled the nemesis of writing non fiction where events or facts are disputed with finesse When it could not be resolved whether or not something happened, she would state what is commonly believed and then follow it with something like Maybe not For me, this is so much better than arguing back and forth whether or not something is true That information belongs in the notes not where it can [...]

    13. Catherine is well covered in Tudor literature There is even fiction devoted to her plight most recently in the The Constant Princess by Gregory Juana, Queen of Castile, is usually referenced as a mother or grandmother, rarely as a Queen, and always as mad I chose this book from the Vine program to learn about Juana, particularly why she met the fate she did I was pleasantly surprised to learn a lot about Catherine that was new to me.Most of the text is devoted to Catherine hers is the better d [...]

    14. Easily my favorite biographies of Katherine of Aragon and Juana the mad The author does not shy away from putting the dark aspects of each queen and their characters, as well as how their environments might have shaped them for the better and for the worst.Juana has gone into legend as Juana la loca the mad in Spain But the author gives many primary sources, evidence, which points to the simple conclusion she acted spoiled and arrogant, but she was not crazy Her outburst at the beginning of the [...]

    15. Interesting if repetitive The writing was fine, but the book seemed, paradoxically, both too detailed and too broad, overly padded with details of gowns and finery and cloth of gold one minute and then jumping ahead by several years the next The link between the two sisters stories frequently felt arbitrary and the attempt to create suspense got cheesy when chapters ended with sentences like Or would it I haven t read a huge amount of history on the period, but my impression was that the researc [...]

    16. An excellent, well written account comparing and contrasting the lives of Katherine of Aragon Henry VIII s first wife and Juana of Castile Joanna the Mad, mother of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V The author does a wonderful job of bringing the sisters to life, yet making it explicitly clear where the historical record is silent, unreliable, or mysterious.Being an avid fan of Tudor history, I was well acquainted with Katherine s marriage to Henry VIII, but knew nothing of her early life aside from [...]

    17. I guess I would have liked a bit of Juana s tale though I guess being imprisoned for such a long period of her life there wasn t much to write about whereas as Katherine s life is well documented Enjoyable read nonetheless and great to see how the lives of the two sisters interconnected.

    18. Virtually any reader of Tudor fiction is familiar with the sad story of Queen Catherine, the lawful wife of Henry VIII who was not merely abandoned, but cruelly cut off from her own daughter Mary, after she refused to partake in the murder of her marriage to Henry Less known is the equally sad story of Catherine s family, and particularly her sister Juana who was likewise placed under house imprisonment and defamed as a lunatic Sister Queens is a joint biography of Katherine and Juana which aims [...]

    19. Excellent look at the life and times of two sisters who at first lead very different lives but at the end whose lives came to resemble each other much closely Katherine, fierce and loyal, was anything but the typical cast off wife And Juana, while perhaps less well known, also showed great grit in the face of huge odds against her.

    20. Really good book but such a sad sad story for both sisters.Katherine of Aragon s story is not new to us We all know that she got a raw deal from Henry VIII I did not know that Henry VII also treated her harshly after Arthur s death She was forced to take out loans for bare necessities Unfortunately, her father did little to help She was able to elevate hers self somewhat by playing into politics and becoming an ambassador for her father to the English When she was finally able to marry Henry, sh [...]

    21. I think the author wanted to show that these two women were able to be powerful in spite of their sex in a male dominated society If so, she failed It is clear that at least Katherine was quite intelligent and wanted to keep her position and power However, ultimately, she failed completely She was buried as the Princess Dowager, widow of King Henry s older brother, not as a current queen of England I don t necessarily agree that Juana was as intelligent as the author wanted her to be She essenti [...]

    22. Katherine of Aragorn s place in English history is well known to everyone Henry VIII s first repudiated bride, Queen of England for eighteen years, thrust aside in favour of Anne Boleyn, mother of Bloody Mary Her history is indelibly caught up in the history of England s break with Rome, the Reformation, the turn from Catholicism to Protestantism Less well known, in fact almost neglected, is her role as a Spanish princess, as an important part of a family dynasty that reached across Europe, daug [...]

    23. This book is better than Fox s first book on Jane Boleyn probably because there is source material for Katherine and Juana Although annoyingly Fox does still conjecture about the emotions of both women Most of this book focuses on Katherine and is just a rehashing of what has already been published I wish Fox would have given attention to Juana She just seems to accept as a fact that Juana was not mad without really discussing what is known or not known or elaborating on different theories On [...]

    24. This dual biography of Katherine of Aragon and Juana of Castile paints an interesting and sometimes overlooked portrait of these women Most historical biographies are dry, but this one was extremely readable and had great pacing While the bulk of the story was focused on Katherine I really enjoyed Juana s story as it dispels the coon myths about her being insane Also from a different angle, the story of Katherine paints a different picture as it doesn t solely portray her as a woman scorned by f [...]

    25. A very readable, sympathetic historical biography The author has to do a bit of squeezing water out of a stone to write much about Juana because so little primary source material exists, but she is very honest about it, too She does cast serious doubt on Juana s madness As for the portions relating to Katherine of Aragon, she did a fine of job not getting bogged down in the dull details It s rather astonishing how many letters and other written records exist for historians of this period

    26. A disappointing book She wants to argue that Juana was not mad but virtually omits mentioning any evidence of hereditary instability She also wants to link the two sisters, then spends much time remarking on how little they thought about each other Too much repetition of points with little to back her position up Although Juana s husbsnd was probably a jerk of the first order, I cannot buy the position that all the men in Juana s life just hated her because she was female since her mother was hi [...]

    27. interesting book looking at the lifes of the sisters katherine and Juana and how they were treated by their husbands after growing up in Castille and Aragon and how wifes were expected to be the property of their husbands this book shows through the author s research how both were restricted in their political and social circles , lied to by those close to them but both sisters were true to what they believed in

    28. A very informative dual biography of the two sisters who played such a key role in the history of Europe, especially after their deaths via their offspring I had always been taught the Juana, who was called Juana la Loca, was indeed insane This book offers convincing proof that she was indeed not the crazed person her keepers, directed by her father and then her son, tried successfully to portray her as Virtually imprisoned for 46 years, she did quite well to maintain her sanity

    29. This was absolutely fascinating and absolutely infuriating I m fairly familiar with Katherine of Aragon s story, but I didn t know much about her sister, Juana What the two of them went through at the hands of power hungry men makes me sick Sadly, it s not an uncommon story in history, though.

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