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The Last Queen

If anything, this was the story of a Queen who simply had too many tragedies happen to her. And at the same time, it is a story where a woman must discern what was right and what is wrong.

Everyone around her wishes to use her to accomplish something. Or seem like it. Her mother, the formidable Isabel the Catholic, her father Ferdinand of Aragon. Her husband, Phillip the Handsome and eventually her own son, Charles V and I, Holy Roman Emperor.

Although it doesn’t touch the last person. But the first four really helped to illustrate the kind of situation. So many people who wished to step on her, reduce her to simply a figurehead and nothing more. And she always refused.

Even when she suffered and labored for it. Even when she had lost everything, her reputation, even her sanity is debated.

And to bring her to life was anything but easy. But this managed to do it.

It is a rather accurate portrayal of her own life. Whether she was mentally stable can be debated, and through how her own husband treated her that the rumors began. When she began to accuse him of adultery, it was the roots of it all.

All the actions she undertook were replicated here, each with their own context, motive which I understood deep within.

But at the core, it has always been people seeking to control Juana, to mold her to be what they wanted. Not what she wanted. Even when those who promised otherwise often do not fulfill this promise.

And thus, Juana has every reason not to trust. To suspect and think deeper. Especially those that were the closest to her. As they showed that they did not respect her in many many ways.

It is also a tale on how men assume that women will hand over power readily. That it is expected of them as compared to it being merely a privilege. And if they fail to do so otherwise, they choose to claim that she is mad, she is unfit so they can do so in her name.

That they could never rule simply because they were women. And Juana is the sad representation of that. She spent all of her life as Queen in all but name.

Overall, this was a really accurate and mostly entertaining portrayal of Juana of Spain. A woman who refused to give in, q woman who has her name in tatters for centuries through the rumors of others. And a woman who found herself dominated by the men in her life, never asking what she truly thought(Even her own son, Charles did it to her).

Rating: 4 out of 5


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