The Queen’s Vow by C. W. Gortner audiobook

The Queen’s Vow: A Novel of Isabella of Castile

By C. W. Gortner
Read by Rosalyn Landor

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9780345523969

Unabridged

Format: CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781455154036

  • ISBN: 9781455154029

  • ISBN: 9781455154043

  • ISBN: 9781455154067

Runtime: 15.88 Hours
Category: Fiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

“No one believed I was destined for greatness.”
 
So begins Isabella’s story, in this evocative, vividly imagined novel about one of history’s most famous and controversial queens—the warrior who united a fractured country, the champion of the faith whose reign gave rise to the Inquisition, and the visionary who sent Columbus to discover a new world. Acclaimed author C. W. Gortner envisages the turbulent early years of a woman whose mythic rise to power would go on to transform a monarchy, a nation, and the world.
 
Young Isabella is barely a teenager when she and her brother are taken from their mother’s home to live under the watchful eye of their half-brother, King Enrique, and his sultry, conniving queen. There Isabella is thrust into danger when she becomes an unwitting pawn in a plot to dethrone Enrique. Suspected of treason and held captive, she treads a perilous path, torn between loyalties, until at age seventeen she suddenly finds herself heiress of Castile, the largest kingdom in Spain. Plunged into a deadly conflict to secure her crown, she is determined to wed the one man she loves yet who is forbidden to her—Fernando, prince of Aragon.
 
As they unite their two realms under “one crown, one country, one faith,” Isabella and Fernando face an impoverished Spain beset by enemies. With the future of her throne at stake, Isabella resists the zealous demands of the inquisitor Torquemada even as she is seduced by the dreams of an enigmatic navigator named Columbus. But when the Moors of the southern domain of Granada declare war, a violent, treacherous battle against an ancient adversary erupts—one that will test all of Isabella’s resolve, her courage, and her tenacious belief in her destiny.
 
From the glorious palaces of Segovia to the battlefields of Granada and the intrigue-laden gardens of Seville, The Queen’s Vow sweeps us into the tumultuous forging of a nation and the complex, fascinating heart of the woman who overcame all odds to become Isabella of Castile.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A beautifully crafted piece of historical fiction…Gortner’s vivid details blend with his deeply intensive research to recreate Isabella and Castile in a way that the reader will find compelling and immersive, bringing not just the queen but the whole nation to life. The fear, joy, and anguish of the story all come together with a beauty and passion that can’t be found anywhere in the pages of history books.” RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars)
“Isabella is most often remembered as the queen who financed Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the Americas, but in this vivid novel, Gortner reveals that she is much more than this. She is an inspiring young woman who bravely faced the turmoil that surrounded her and managed to hold on to her crown…Gortner has again produced a richly detailed book that is hard to put down.” Historical Novels Review
“Gortner pays particular attention to the religious issues Isabella confronted, portraying her as a complex figure…Gortner’s latest historical novel should have strong appeal for historical fiction fans.” Library Journal
“Gortner avoids romanticizing and sentimentalizing and presents a believable account of a woman determined to control her own fate and shape Spain into a great country.” Booklist
“Gortner vividly recreates the turmoil of Isabella’s youth and the striking contrasts of the country she knew…Though The Queen’s Vow doesn’t shy away from the terrible decisions she chooses to make, it reminds us that in the end, Isabella was human, a woman of conviction and strength in a time of upheaval, who forged her destiny despite every odd, to become Spain’s most beloved queen.” Michelle Moran, author of The Heretic Queen

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Author

Author Bio: C. W. Gortner

Author Bio: C. W. Gortner

C. W. Gortner is an American author of historical fiction novels, including the acclaimed The Last Queen and The Confessions of Catherine de Medici, as well as three historical mysteries in the Spymaster Chronicles series. He holds an MFA degree in writing with an emphasis in Renaissance studies from the New College of California. In his extensive travels to research his books, he has danced a galliard in a Tudor great hall and experienced life in a medieval Spanish castle. He is also a dedicated advocate for animal rights and environmental issues. Half Spanish by birth and raised in southern Sprain, he now lives in Northern California.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD, Playaway
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 15.88
Audience: Adult
Language: English