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Sister queens : the noble, tragic lives of Katherine of Aragon and Juana, Queen of Castile

Author: Julia Fox
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The history books have cast Katherine of Aragon, the first queen of King Henry VIII of England, as the ultimate symbol of the betrayed woman, cruelly tossed aside in favor of her husband's seductive mistress, Anne Boleyn. Katherine's sister, Juana of Castile, wife of Philip of Burgundy and mother of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, is portrayed as "Juana the Mad," whose erratic behavior included keeping her beloved
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Genre/Form: History
Biography
Named Person: Catharine, of Aragon Queen consort of Henry VIII King of England; Juana, la Loca Queen of Castile; Catharine, of Aragon Queen consort of Henry VIII King of England; Juana, la Loca Queen of Castile; Catharine, of Aragon Queen consort of Henry VIII King of England; Juana, la Loca Queen of Castile
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Julia Fox
ISBN: 9780345516046 0345516044 9780345532312 0345532317
OCLC Number: 724650247
Notes: Originally published in Great Britain by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2011.
Description: xv, 454 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: Isabella's daughters. A triumph of faith ; Royal sibling ; Of weddings and funerals ; "Our illustrious children" ; Face to face --
Wives. Wedding pageantry ; The estate of matrimony ; Marital harmony ; Death of a prince ; To be a wife ; "The greatest affliction" ; "A happiness rare" --
Widows. A sea of troubles ; The art of politics ; A knife's edge ; The triumph of hope --
Sister queens. To be a queen ; Motherhood ; A taste of power ; Happy families ; The twisting path --
The sky darkens. The man of the moment ; Fool's gold ; Family first and last ; The landscape changes --
Adversity. "A blind, detestable and wretched passion" ; Crusader queen ; Taking a stand ; Dangerous times ; "Mine eyes desire you" ; The final release ; The sisters' legacy.
Responsibility: Julia Fox.

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The history books have cast Katherine of Aragon, the first queen of King Henry VIII of England, as the ultimate symbol of the betrayed woman, cruelly tossed aside in favor of her husband's seductive mistress, Anne Boleyn. Katherine's sister, Juana of Castile, wife of Philip of Burgundy and mother of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, is portrayed as "Juana the Mad," whose erratic behavior included keeping her beloved late husband's coffin beside her for years. But historian Julia Fox, whose previous work painted an unprecedented portrait of Jane Boleyn, Anne's sister-in-law, offers deeper insight in this first dual biography of Katherine and Juana, the daughters of Spain's Ferdinand and Isabella, whose family ties remained strong despite their separation. Looking through the lens of their Spanish origins, Fox reveals these queens as flesh-and-blood women -- equipped with character, intelligence, and conviction -- who are worthy historical figures in their own right. When they were young, Juana's and Catherine's futures appeared promising. They had secured politically advantageous marriages, but their dreams of love and power quickly dissolved, and the unions for which they'd spent their whole lives preparing were fraught with duplicity and betrayal. Juana, the elder sister, unexpectedly became Castile's sovereign, but her authority was continually usurped, first by her husband and her father and later by her son. Katherine, a young widow after the death of Prince Arthur of Wales, soon remarried his doting brother Henry and later became a key figure in a drama that altered England's religious landscape. Ousted from the positions of power and influence they had been groomed for and separated from their children, Katherine and Juana each turned to their rich and abiding faith and deep personal belief in their family's dynastic legacy to cope with their enduring hardships. Sister Queens is a gripping tale of love, duty, and sacrifice -- a remarkable reflection on the conflict between ambition and loyalty during an age when the greatest sin, it seems, was to have been born a woman. - Jacket flap.

Historian Fox offers this first dual biography of the daughters of Spain's Ferdinand and Isabella whose entwined royal relationships helped define the 15th- and 16th-century European political landscape.

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