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For a Queen's Love: The Stories of the Royal Wives of Philip II (A Novel of the Tudors) Paperback – March 2, 2010
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The Inquisition - that word which has always inspired fear and loathing. As Philip was always a supporter of this heinous institution, Ms Plaidy has her work cut out for her. She has to effectively explain the reasons behind this mindset, and she does this through writing of the reactions of those people closest to Philip. Ruy Gomez da Silva, his closest companion, and his wife, Elizabeth(Isabella), are troubled by his fanatacism.Read more ›
The novel begins in Philip's childhood and progresses through his reign, chiefly focusing his relationships with each of his four wives and his children. Philip's simple and repetitive thoughts and actions underscore his stunted intellectual/emotional maturity. Don't mistake this technique for bad writing as I initially did...as it turns out, it is a remarkably plausible for Philip's behavior throughout his reign. A little history:
Philip reigned as the powerful King of Spain during the mid-1500's. Plaidy plausibly writes him as a man who from infancy was raised to be a king and never, not for one moment, allowed to be a normal human being. Emotionally stunted by his childhood, Philip's social skills were understandably lacking. Couple this with his notoriously inbred Hapsburg blood and Plaidy presents a sad portrait of a man unable to see beyond his "duty to state."
As usual, Plaidy wrote a novel well-researched enough to give the reader a good, basic understanding of the time period and for those readers who find themselves very interested in the subject matter, this book is a great foundation of knowledge to go on and read more (fiction or non) about Philip's reign.
It's been my experience that you really can't go wrong with a Jean Plaidy novel!
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The book is a historical novel, therefore twists are NOT to be expected, if you already know the basics. Read morePublished 10 months ago by DenaryTen
This was a rudimentary, boring tale which felt like an afterthought. I neglected to heed the reviews given by readers because I'd read, the Borgias, another book by Jean Plaidy... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Angela W
I have been a fan of Jean Plaidy for over 45 years! Amazingly enough, my first book of hers that I read was The Spanish Bridegroom; which is the old title for this book. Read morePublished on June 26, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Interesting book about king of Spain. Husband to Bloody Mary and Princess Elizabeth of France In the midst of such closely related marriages back then there were bound to have a... Read morePublished on June 18, 2014 by Lynette Dixon
I really enjoyed this book. I had never read a Jean Plaidy novel before so I wasn't sure If would like it or not. Read morePublished on April 30, 2014 by Corky920
Maybe it's the fact that King Phillip was such an unsympathetic character, but it's hard to feel anything for him as he marries three wives and disappoints all three. Read morePublished on October 30, 2013 by C. Martin
Couldn't put it down! Jean Plaidy writes a fantastic book and she is one of my favorite authors. Highly recommend it to anyone who loves historical fiction.Published on August 24, 2013 by Linda
This historical novel by one of the master writers, Jean Plaidy, is a tale of tragic love and horrifying misplaced jealousy.Published on September 22, 2012 by Lulu