I won't read anything more by this author. Juana suffered from the beginning, being betrayed by her husband, father, subjects and her kids all except one. As Fox recreates Juana and Katherine's lives in colorful detail, she manages to draw out the spirit and resilience of two women fearfully abused in a very cruel, very male world. She handled the nemesis of writing non-fiction where events or facts are disputed with finesse. I highly recommend it to everyone interested in determining truth about this era of history for themselves! Her character is fully analyzed, so Katherine becomes a fleshed-out human being before our eyes.
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 wanted to be a teacher from childhood, and taught in both public and private schools in north London. Juana's tale is a tragic, yet strangely compelling one that, in many ways, captivated me more than Katherine's tale. 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. It is clear that at least Katherine was quite intelligent and wanted to keep her position and power. I also liked the librarian I had at primary school.
. She got no concessions from her son for her loyalty in the rebel affair. Katherine and Juana needed all their courage, resolve and inner strength as they confronted the harsh realities of life in a male-dominated world. I enjoyed the book and her performance and was interested in her other books. It seems that she is her own worst enemy.
Katherine of Aragon's story is not new to us. She was too full of life for those around her. She also wants to link the two sisters, then spends much time remarking on how little they thought about each other. Meanwhile, 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 marked England's religious landscape. But Fox shows that there was much more to each woman, and that, to a great extent, the restrictions of gender and the machinations of the men around them caused their downfalls.
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. Too much repetition of points with little to back her position up. 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. When they were young, Juana's and Katherine's futures appeared promising. She lives in London with her husband, the Tudor historian John Guy, and their three cats. How she roamed around, mad as a hatter, and was confined most of her life to protect her and the Spanish countryside from her fits of mania. She has not been given the credit she deserves.
The book covers more of Katherine of Aragon than it does Juana of Castile. If she had framed her book on a point by point basis, rather than writing this chronologically, perhaps she would have made a more definitive case. Most definitely, her relationship with her husband, stormy enough when he was alive and he was truly a complete shit, thoroughly deserving all her erratic behavior , wasn't at all as disturbed as the legends would have it when he died. I recommend this book to anyone would loves history. These products will be playable exclusively on the Downpour.
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. For me, this is so much better than arguing back and forth whether or not something is true. And, sadly, how her gender became her downfall. The only information new to me about Juana was the number of visits her grandchildren made to her while she was imprisoned 18 in 20 years. I had always been taught the Juana, who was called Juana la Loca, was indeed insane.
That is not history, it is tittle tattle. Anne Boleyn's role and that of her grasping family in assisting Henry's side is also detailed in the book. The author clearly shows Queen Isabella's influence on the thoughts and actions of her daughters, Katherine of Aragon and Juana of Castile. Juana, for her part, despite her sovereignty and the many children she would bear her husband, was essentially disinherited from and then imprisoned first by her father, Ferdinand, then her own son, Carlos V, for the remaining 46 years of her life. Yet both were outmaneuvered by the men around them—father, husbands, son—and both eventually squandered and lost their power, dying in shame and isolation. Those around them denied them their rights and both were at the end lonely and alone.
However, ultimately, she failed completely. 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. Elizabeth Blount bore him a son in 1519. He made sure to keep her down. So when she was told that Juana had gone mad, she did not doubt them, as she hadn't spoken to or seen her sister in many years; when Juana was imprisoned, Katherine believed the lies.