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15+ [Hand Picked] Popular Books On Castile

Discover the list of some best books written on Castile by popular award winning authors. These book on topic Castile highly popular among the readers worldwide.

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The Last Queen by C.W. Gortner

Juana of Castile, the last queen of Spanish blood to inherit her country's throne, has been for centuries an enigmatic figure shrouded in lurid myth. Was she the bereft widow of legend who was driven mad by her loss, or has history misjudged a woman who was ahead of her time? In his stunning new novel, C. W. Gortner challenges the myths about Queen Juana, unraveling the my Juana of Castile, the last queen of Spanish blood to inherit her country's throne, has been for centuries an enigmatic figure shrouded in lurid myth. Was she the bereft widow of legend who was driven mad by her loss, or has history misjudged a woman who was ahead of her time? In his stunning new novel, C. W. Gortner challenges the myths about Queen Juana, unraveling the mystery surrounding her to reveal a brave, determined woman we can only now begin to fully understand. The third child of Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand of Spain, Juana is born amid her parents’ ruthless struggle to unify their kingdom, bearing witness to the fall of Granada and Columbus’s discoveries. At the age of sixteen, she is sent to wed Philip, the archduke of Flanders, as part of her parents’ strategy to strengthen Spain, just as her youngest sister, Catherine of Aragon, is sent to England to become the first wife of Henry VIII. Juana finds unexpected love and passion with her handsome young husband, the sole heir to the Habsburg Empire. At first she is content with her children and her life in Flanders. But when tragedy strikes and she inherits the Spanish throne, Juana finds herself plunged into a battle for power against her husband that grows to involve the major monarchs of Europe. Besieged by foes on all sides, her intelligence and pride used as weapons against her, Juana vows to secure her crown and save Spain from ruin, even if it could cost her everything. With brilliant, lyrical prose, novelist and historian C. W. Gortner conjures Juana through her own words, taking the reader from the somber majesty of Spain to the glittering and lethal courts of Flanders, France, and Tudor England. The Last Queen brings to life all the grandeur and drama of an incomparable era, and the singular humanity of this courageous, passionate princess whose fight to claim her birthright captivated the world.

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3.9/5

The Scroll of Seduction by Gioconda Belli , Lisa Dillman (Translator)

Manuel is a man of many talents; an art historian and professor, he is also an exquisite storyteller. When he meets 16-year-old Lucía on an outing from her boarding school, he offers to narrate a story of dire consequences—that of the Spanish Queen Juana of Castile and her legendary love for her husband, Philippe the Handsome. Promised to Prince Philippe the Handsome to sol Manuel is a man of many talents; an art historian and professor, he is also an exquisite storyteller. When he meets 16-year-old Lucía on an outing from her boarding school, he offers to narrate a story of dire consequences—that of the Spanish Queen Juana of Castile and her legendary love for her husband, Philippe the Handsome. Promised to Prince Philippe the Handsome to solidify ties between the Flemish and Spanish crowns, Queen Juana immediately fell in love with her betrothed with all the abandon and passion of her fiery personality. Theirs was one of the most tumultuous love stories of all time. But Juana, who was also one of the most learned princesses of the Renaissance, was forced to pay a high price for being headstrong and daring to be herself. Those at court who could not fathom Juana as heir to the throne of the most important empire of its day conspired against her and began to question her sanity. Eventually she came to be known as Juana the Mad. But was she really insane, or just a victim of her impetuosity and unbridled passion? As the novel unfolds, Lucía and Manuel become enmeshed in a complex psychological web that seduces and incites them to relive Juana and Philippe's story, and eventually leads them to a mysterious manuscript that may hold the key to Juana's alleged madness.

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3.3/5

Portugal e o Segredo de Colombo by Manuel da Silva Rosa

No ano de 1444, perto da região onde outrora se erguera Constantinopla, um monarca cristão decidiu quebrar a sua trégua com os muçulmanos e conduzir os seus homens para o campo de batalha. O destino, porém, faz com que o seu exército seja dizimado, os mais fiéis companheiros sejam encontrados mortos e que este desapareça sem deixar rasto. Anos depois, na ilha da Madeira, m No ano de 1444, perto da região onde outrora se erguera Constantinopla, um monarca cristão decidiu quebrar a sua trégua com os muçulmanos e conduzir os seus homens para o campo de batalha. O destino, porém, faz com que o seu exército seja dizimado, os mais fiéis companheiros sejam encontrados mortos e que este desapareça sem deixar rasto. Anos depois, na ilha da Madeira, mais de 3000 quilómetros a oeste, um misterioso cavaleiro de Santa Catarina do Monte Sinai casa-se com uma dama da elite portuguesa. . . e tem um filho. Essa criança ficaria para a história com um nome que é hoje conhecido em todo o mundo: Cristóvão Colombo. UMA CONSPIRAÇÃO REAL QUE VAI MUDAR O RUMO DA HISTÓRIA A vida de Colombo foi envolta num imenso mistério construído com o propósito de manter o mundo geral às escuras sobre a sua identidade, com exceção de uns poucos escolhidos, que sabiam da verdade. Aclamado herói nos seus dias, foi agraciado com fama e glória de tal forma, que poucos seres humanos o conseguiram suplantar. Mas quem era o homem ao qual chamamos Colombo e o que fazia em Castela? UM DOS MAIORES SEGREDOS DA EXPANSÃO MARÍTIMA PORTUGUESA Demorou 500 anos a construir uma mentira e duas décadas de investigação a desmascará-la. O «descobridor da América» pode bem ter sido o melhor agente duplo da História, porque conseguiu manter o seu segredo durante mais de cinco séculos. Na verdade, o homem que conhecemos como Cristóvão Colombo partiu de Portugal para Espanha, numa missão secreta ao serviço do rei D. João II, com o objetivo de enganar os Reis Católicos e proteger o monopólio do comércio marítimo português. Numa época tão épica e aventureira como a da expansão marítima, este é um verdadeiro jogo de espiões, manobras ocultas, conspirações, intrigas, traições, assassínios, fraudes, mentiras e enganos, perpetrado pelo génio de D. João II para tornar Portugal o primeiro império global.

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4.4/5

The House of Impossible Loves by Cristina López Barrio

An "exuberant" (El Mundo) debut novel about a family of cursed women in the tradition of Laura Esquivel's Like Water for Chocolate.   The Laguna women suffer from an odd affliction: each generation is condemned to tragic love affairs and to only give birth to girls who are unable to escape the cruel fate of their mothers. One fateful hunting season in their small Castilian An "exuberant" (El Mundo) debut novel about a family of cursed women in the tradition of Laura Esquivel's Like Water for Chocolate.   The Laguna women suffer from an odd affliction: each generation is condemned to tragic love affairs and to only give birth to girls who are unable to escape the cruel fate of their mothers. One fateful hunting season in their small Castilian town, a young landowner arrives and begins a passionate affair with Clara Laguna, the latest in the family line, daughter of a one-eyed woman known as "the Laguna witch." He leaves her pregnant with yet another daughter, but the seeds of change are sown. Eventually the long-awaited son — Santiago, the great-great grandson of Clara — is born. A window of hope is opened, but is the curse truly over? Full of memorable, offbeat characters, from a bearded, mute female cook to the local do-gooding priest to the Laguna women themselves, The House of Impossible Loves is a feat of imaginative storytelling that marks the arrival of a talented new novelist.

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4.3/5

Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me by Javier Marías , Margaret Jull Costa (Translator)

"No one ever suspects," begins Tomorrow in the Battle Think On Me, "that they might one day find themselves with a dead woman in their arms...." Marta has just met Victor when she invites him to dinner at her Madrid apartment while her husband is away on business. When her two-year-old son finally falls asleep, Marta and Victor retreat to the bedroom. Undressing, she sudde "No one ever suspects," begins Tomorrow in the Battle Think On Me, "that they might one day find themselves with a dead woman in their arms...." Marta has just met Victor when she invites him to dinner at her Madrid apartment while her husband is away on business. When her two-year-old son finally falls asleep, Marta and Victor retreat to the bedroom. Undressing, she suddenly feels ill; and in his arms, inexplicably, she dies. What should Victor do? Remove the compromising tape from the phone machine? Leave food for the child, for breakfast? These are just his first steps, but he soon takes matters further; unable to bear the shadows and the unknowing, Victor plunges into dark waters. And Javier Marías, Europe's master of secrets, of what lies reveal and truth may conceal, is on sure ground in this profound, quirky, and marvelous novel. "Brilliantly imagined and hugely intricate," as La Vanguardia noted, "it is a novel one reads with enormous pleasure."

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4.4/5

The Queen's Hand: Power and Authority in the Reign of Berenguela of Castile by Janna Bianchini

Her name is undoubtedly less familiar than that of her grandmother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, or that of her famous conqueror son, Fernando III, yet during her lifetime, Berenguela of Castile (1180-1246) was one of the most powerful women in Europe. As queen-consort of Alfonso IX of Leon, she acquired the troubled boundary lands between the kingdoms of Castile and Leon and for Her name is undoubtedly less familiar than that of her grandmother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, or that of her famous conqueror son, Fernando III, yet during her lifetime, Berenguela of Castile (1180-1246) was one of the most powerful women in Europe. As queen-consort of Alfonso IX of Leon, she acquired the troubled boundary lands between the kingdoms of Castile and Leon and forged alliances with powerful nobles on both sides. Even after her marriage was dissolved, she continued to strengthen these connections as a member of her father's court. On her brother's death, she inherited the Castilian throne outright--and then, remarkably, elevated her son to kingship at the same time. Using her assiduously cultivated alliances, Berenguela ruled alongside Fernando and set into motion the strategy that in 1230 would result in his acquisition of the crown of Leon--and the permanent union of Castile and Leon. In The Queen's Hand, Janna Bianchini explores Berenguela's extraordinary lifelong partnership with her son and examines the means through which she was able to build and exercise power. Bianchini contends that recognition of Berenguela as a powerful reigning queen by nobles, bishops, ambassadors, and popes shows the key participation of royal women in the western Iberian monarchy. Demonstrating how royal women could wield enormous authority both within and outside their kingdoms, Bianchini reclaims Berenguela's place as one of the most important figures of the Iberian Middle Ages.

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4.8/5

Poema de mio Cid by Anonymous

Poema épico, se trata del texto más representativo del arte de los juglares españoles de la Edad Media. El poema fue probablemente compuesto entre 1110-1140, no mucho después de los hechos a los que se refiere. El poema, dividido en tres partes o cantares, narra el destierro y las aventuras del Cid, Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar. El tema del deshonor y la recuperación de la honra Poema épico, se trata del texto más representativo del arte de los juglares españoles de la Edad Media. El poema fue probablemente compuesto entre 1110-1140, no mucho después de los hechos a los que se refiere. El poema, dividido en tres partes o cantares, narra el destierro y las aventuras del Cid, Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar. El tema del deshonor y la recuperación de la honra constituyen el eje central de la obra, que describe la mentalidad y los valores éticos de la época. Muchos de los personajes y hechos que muestra están atestiguados, lo cual le confiere un gran valor histórico.

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4.4/5

Rica Vida : Crise e Salvação em 10 Momentos da História de Portugal by Luciano Amaral

Como o povo português tem sobrevivido às crises políticas, económicas e às suas elites. A história de uma gente que existe há muito tempo e que, apesar das contrariedades, tem tido uma «rica vida».

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4.7/5

O Segredo de Barcarrota by Sérgio Luís de Carvalho

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4.6/5

La Celestina by Fernando de Rojas

La loca pasión por Melibea, hija de un rico mercader, lleva al joven Calisto a romper todas las barreras morales y a aliarse con una vieja alcahueta y hechicera, Celestina. El amor es, pues, una pasión que lo mueve todo. Los señores aman según los cánones del amor cortés, y los criados se mueven en el inframundo de los prostíbulos, pero tanto unos como otros sienten el goz La loca pasión por Melibea, hija de un rico mercader, lleva al joven Calisto a romper todas las barreras morales y a aliarse con una vieja alcahueta y hechicera, Celestina. El amor es, pues, una pasión que lo mueve todo. Los señores aman según los cánones del amor cortés, y los criados se mueven en el inframundo de los prostíbulos, pero tanto unos como otros sienten el gozo y placer de vivir, y este amor lujurioso los conducirá a todos a la destrucción y a la muerte. Reflejo de una sociedad conflictiva, La Celestina, obra a caballo entre la novela y la obra dramática, abre las puertas a nuevos aires y tiempos nuevos, y su autor, Fernando de Rojas, crea con ella uno de los grandes mitos de la literatura universal.

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4.8/5

Papel mojado by Juan José Millás

Cuando una novela policíaca desborda los límites del género, puede transportarnos a cuestiones tan profundas como la frontera entre la realidad y la ficción.

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3.6/5

Beltenebros by Antonio Muñoz Molina

Convocado por una organización comunista, Darman, antiguo capitán del ejército republicano exiliado en Inglaterra, regresa a Madrid para ejecutar a un supuesto traidor. Desde la clandestinidad, emprende un periplo trepidante en pos de su víctima del que una misericordiosa cabaretera, viva imagen de una mujer a la que amó, tratará de desviarlo.

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5/5

The Battle of the Queens by Jean Plaidy

The story of two women Isabella of Angouleme, widow of King John of England and Blanche of Castile, Queen of France, who hated each other from their first meeting.

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3.8/5

That Other Juana (Juana La Loca) by Linda Carlino

Queen Juana of Spain was the daughter of Ferdinand and Isabel, and sister of Catherine of Arag�n. She was instrumental in creating the powerful Hapsburg houses of Spain and Austria which would endure for centuries. Throughout her life Juana was callously denied power and status by three men: her husband Philip, her father Ferdinand, and her son Charles. She faced their rel Queen Juana of Spain was the daughter of Ferdinand and Isabel, and sister of Catherine of Arag�n. She was instrumental in creating the powerful Hapsburg houses of Spain and Austria which would endure for centuries. Throughout her life Juana was callously denied power and status by three men: her husband Philip, her father Ferdinand, and her son Charles. She faced their relentless physical and mental cruelty with courage and determination, her spirited resistance earning her, unjustly, the nickname by which she is remembered; Juana la Loca, Joan the Mad.

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4.5/5

Isabella and Ferdinand 1-3 (Isabella and Ferdinand #1-3) by Jean Plaidy

s/t: Castile for Isabella/Spain for the Sovereigns/Daughters of Spain With her skilful blend of storytelling and attention to historical detail, Plaidy presents the life of Isabella of Castile. The tale unfolds from Isabella's early days at the licentious court of her brother, Henry IV, through her remarkable reign as Queen of Spain, to her tragic widowhood.

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