For a story being about such a controversial Queen, this done her justice. The best moments were the middle of the novel before she was crowned and when she was fighting for her throne.
And all the issues she dealt with such as her husband’s infidelity, and hinting that eventually he might do his own children harm. And that he was one who still wanted to be honored and treated at her equal, even as she was the Queen of Castile first.
The best parts was when she was resisting her own disinheritance, as well as how she will contend for a throne. Being a woman meant that she will be nullified by whoever she married, and if it was Portugal that will mean that she will lose. To finding her own way to her marriage which was all but possible.
It was anything but a weak willed woman might attempt. And if anything, this showed that Isabella was never going to be a normal Queen, she will never let herself be called consort, even when she loved the man.
It isn’t as good when we head to her reigns, although it still manages to keep me interested but never to the degree in the earlier parts when Isabella’s road to the throne was anything but easy.
Every move there came with consequence, loss and constant thought about her own decision. But she never stepped away when it was best for her to do so, and made her choice.
This was a story about a woman who had to survive who refused to bend when others did that to her. It is the story of what makes a great Queen, a legendary Queen. Since she was one who eventually paved the way for Spain to be a Catholic country, and ensuring that it remained so. It was the story of a courageous woman who took her own weapon as her faith, and her will.
Recommended for people who really want to see what a great Queen is made of. One who uses her mind and words, to use all she has to last against kingdoms and also keep her own husband in check.
Ferdinand of Aragon is largely a controversial figure, since he largely left his youngest daughter, Catherine of Aragon in political limbo for seven years in England and not trying to get them to come to a real agreement with the king and imprisoned his second daughter. daughter, Juana the Mad of Castile so that he could rule through her. And even tried to get her to sign off the will which will ban her children from the throne.
And thus, you could say who was the true man in this. And well he does earn the correct title of worst royal father in history.
Rating: 4 out of 5