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One of the pre-eminent authors of historical fiction for most of the twentieth century, Jean Plaidy is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert; she also wrote under the name Victoria Holt. By the time of her death in 1993, the novels of Jean Plaidy had sold more than fourteen million copies worldwide.
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  • Series: A Novel of the Tudors
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; 1 edition (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307346226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307346223
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,068,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jean Plaidy is unique among historical fiction writers. She is most interested in telling us of Philip's actions, and why he felt justified, or compelled, to take those actions. She is not a social historian - I never felt that I was living in the 16th-century, smelling the sweat of the workers, or eating a meal with the royal family. Rather, Jean Plaidy skillfully paints a portrait of a man of many faces, a very intriguing man. As a boy, Philip is never a child, but is always driven by a sense of duty and the need to behave as his father, Charles V, expects him to behave. At the age of 4, Philip attends a ceremony, "never for one instant letting any of them guess that he was weary and more than a little frightened." This is to be his credo for the rest of his life. Even when he is in love, Philip is a prince/king, unable to fully express his more tender emotions. The author, Jean Plaidy, has often been accused of a similiar reticence in writing of intimate moments. If you are looking for "hot" passages, you will be disappointed! As an example, when Philip is married to Mary Tudor, he feels pity for her, but no desire. When they are alone together for the first time, "he beseeched the saints, and the saints, it seemed to him, came to his aid. He thought of his father's words . . . to serve Spain and the Holy Inquisition."
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.
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Jean Plaidy is a staple to historical fiction fans the world over and there's a good reason for that: she wrote consistently well-researched novels. While some may find her a bit simplistic in her presentation, but for this novel, For a Queen's Love: The Story of the Royal Wives of Philip II, a simpler approach serves the reader well.

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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This is a re-issue of The Spanish Bridegroom by Jean Plaidy. Not sure why the publisher decided to change the names of so many of her books for re-issue, but if you read this book under the original title, don't bother buying this one. One the other hand, if you haven't read this book yet, I highly recommend it! Vintage Plaidy!
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This is the often untold story of Philip II of Spain. From all my encounters of him in fiction he is a mean, nasty little man with no emotion and evil plans. But in Plaidy's book he's not at all like that. She gives him a human face and a sometimes sad one at that. Born in a royal house where dignity came before everything else Philip had very littler choice in the manner of man he grew up to be. From the very beginning he has to be the Prince of Spain, destined to be King of Spain and ruler of many lands. But from the start he wished he could be something of a different person, more personable, loving and capable of expressing that love. However this is something he never truly learns to do, and because of this is the man we know as a "mean, nasty little man." He marries and falls in love with his first wife, who then dies tragically. He is forced into the, unpopular with not only England, but himself, marriage with Mary Tudor. This is an interesting part of the book, but if you want something more in depth you should read Plaidy's In the Shadow of the Crown: The Tudor Queens. Free of her and her tragedy, he marries his son's fiancee and loves her, but she never loves him in the manner he wishes. Philip is never one free from sadness. From his wishing to know and have love, to his crazed grandmother Juana of Castile, to wanting to be everything his father wished. This is a great book by Plaidy in her Tudor series and not one to be missed
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