The Spanish Bride by Laurien Gardner
Catherine of Aragon treasured the romantic ideal of the chivalrous knight in shining armor. Believing she'd married one, she surrendered her fate to a monarch whose treatment of his wives would make him notorious.
|Publisher:||Penguin Group (USA)|
|Product dimensions:||4.36(w) x 6.66(h) x 0.85(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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The Spanish Bride: A Novel of Catherine of Aragon based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
In 1501 teenage Princess Catherine of Aragon accompanied by a small retinue to include her lady in waiting Estrella de Montoya arrives in England to marry King Henry VIII. The bright Catherine looks forward to her wedding day with the courageous monarch. By 1527 when she fails to produce the male heir, Henry does the unthinkable in the eyes of God and the law he divorces his Spanish first wife to wed Anne Boleyn though his first wife does everything to stop him from tossing her aside. --- This is an intriguing historical biographical fiction novel that rotates between the arrival and early happy days of the royal marriage to the bleak final moments when the King casts his foreign spouse, who desperately tries everything to save her marriage and regain her spouse¿s love, aside for someone else. The story line is seen through the eyes of the loyal Estrella who stands by her Queen though that risks the ire of Henry. By doing this, Laurien Gardner paints Catherine as an intelligent caring woman who suffers the humiliating stigmatism of divorce unheard of by her religion. English historical readers will treasure this deep look at Henry¿s first wife with his second coming up next. --- Harriet Klausner
This was a good book because it gives an intresting veiw point of Catherine of Aragon's life. I thought it was much more fun to read than a biography about her because you get peices of information but not too much at one time. I love history and I think that Ms.Gardener did a very good job at making the characters seem like who they really were. I'm impressed and I can't wait to get her next book. This is a must read for any person who likes the history of royalty and though I my self am rather young for my level of reading I don't think people who aren't mature should read it. A great read.