Reign of Madness review ☆ 3

review Reign of Madness

Reign of Madness review ☆ 3 × From the author of The Creation of Eve “an intoxicating tale of love betrayal and redemption” comes a novel of passion and madness royal intrigue and marital betrayal set during the Golden Age of SpainJuana of Castile third child of the Spanish monarchs Isabel and Fernando grows up with no hope of inheriting her parenMily’s ambitions through marriage When she weds the Duke of Burgundy a young man so beautiful that he is known as Philippe the Handsome she dares to hope that she might have both love and crowns He is caring charming and attracted to her seemingly a perfect husbandBut when ueen Isabel dies the crowns of Spain unexpectedly pass down to Juana leaving her husband and her father hunger. The story is set at the very end of the 15th century and beginning of the 16th century during the time of Christopher Columbus’ discoveries It is told through the eyes of Juana daughter of Isabel and Ferdinand II of Spain Isabel and Ferdinand are known for ruling Spain eually Is it so Young Juana observes that it’s of her mom’s iron hand ruling the kingdom than his reserved uiet father There is something else that she notices about her father which pains herWhen in Spain the voice reflects the views of a young girl fourteen year old She marries at seventeen and moves to Netherlands to marry Philippe known as the Handsome Her voice matures as she gets married and gives births and notices infidelities of her husband Loneliness at foreign court and jealousy drives her to madness or is it just talk A rumor of madness spreads throughout courts to serve a purpose to somebodyThe story is interesting and well written I enjoyed sharp tongue of Dowager Duchess of Burgundy third wife of Philippe’s grandfather This is the fourth book I’ve read by this author She researches subjects of those not so known or almost forgotten by history I truly appreciate this kind of writersFBBestHistoricalFiction

review ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ñ Lynn Cullen

From the author of The Creation of Eve “an intoxicating tale of love betrayal and redemption” comes a novel of passion and madness royal intrigue and marital betrayal set during the Golden Age of SpainJuana of Castile third child of the Spanish monarchs Isabel and Fernando grows up with no hope of inheriting her parents’ crowns but as a princess knows her duty to further her fa. I don't recall ever reading any books set in the spanish court so I checked Reign of Madness out of the library with relish I uickly read through most of the book but at about 34th of the way in I suddenly lost almost all interest in it I did go ahead and finish it up and in doing so pinpointed why this happened Juana of Castile is a mousey character She has events happen to her but doesn’t do anything to really try to prevent the situations she finds herself in I had thought that somewhere in the book that would change that she would rail against her husband who treated her so badly she was supposed to the be ruling monarch of the Spains Her husband was only supposed to be a consort King but she let him talk the Cortes into giving him full Kingship which he used to block her out and basically keep her as a castle shut in Then a bit later when circumstances have changed she just let her Father take over and basically do the same thing to her have her be ueen in nothing but name only The reason we get is that she wants to be acceptable to Diego Colon Christopher Colombus’ son who is of lower rank but I would think at some point enough has to be enough Of course I won’t judge the real Juana of Castile because we don’t really know what happened to her But this book paints her as a completely sane woman whose father and husband plot against her and run her sanity through a smear campaign I like bold and intense characters not ones who just sit by and let things happen Now speaking of bold characters after reading this book I’ll definitely be looking into getting some books about King Isabel of Castile She seems like a larger than life woman

Lynn Cullen Ñ 3 summary

Reign of MadnessIng for the throne Rumors fly that the young ueen has gone mad driven insane by possessiveness Locked away in a palace and unseen by her people for the next forty six years Juana of Castile begins one of the most controversial reigns in Spanish history one that earned her the title of Juana the Mad   The Washington PostA Best of the South 2011 selection by Atlanta Journal Constituti. Historical fiction concerning people whose lives are basically giant uestion marks is difficult to write Maybe that's Borgia fiction ranges from mediocre to nauseatingly bad Juana of Castile otherwise known as Juan la Loca is one of those uestion marks Was she mad Was it all propaganda spread by her husband and father And if she wasn't mad what was she likeI tend to err on the side of Juana being mentally unstable but perhaps not nearly as mad as Ferdinand and Philip Philippe in Reign of Madness the Handsome claimed Mental illness ran in her family and would continue to run through the Hapsburg line after she added her DNA to the pot There are several notable incidents that Lynn Cullen chose to omit from her novel that further indicate that Juana was troubled Was she insane to the point of opening her husband's coffin to kiss his feet I doubt it But she wasn't normalLynn Cullen like many recent authors who choose to tackle Juana's story has something of a different take Her Juana is painfully naive pulled through her life than making that many active decisions Though that is perhaps a realistic choice it did make me frustrated with our leading lady on than one occasion That said I found Reign of Madness engaging and entertaining if not that deep or thought provokingJuana and Philippe's hot and cold relationship is one of the novel's fascinating aspects It's really a classic abusive marriage At some points he's tender and sweet you can understand why a teenage Juana was first captivated with him and at others incredibly cruel That said I was a little irritated with the fact that Cullen chose to erase some of Juana's obsessive behaviors from the marriage Rather than growing increasingly possessive of her husband Juana realizes fairly uickly that he's an ass and just sort of tolerates him It's not uite as interesting as the jealous behavior of the historical Juana I also found Juana's continuing naivete a bit odd It's one thing for her to be shocked by every scandal and goings on as a teenager By the time she reached her twenties I was a little bored with her constant obliviousnessI also found the characterization of Juana's mother the famed Isabel of Castile a little off Well very off She was interesting as Cullen presented her but nothing like the woman described in history There's one plot point involving Isabel that I know a lot of history buffs will be irritated with and a lot of her melancholy feminist musings just didn't ring true At the end of the day Isabel was a powerful woman but seemed to be a little traditional when it came to marriage I don't know Whenever authors force modern feminism into their historical novels it just doesn't ring trueThere was also this really shoehorned subplot with Christopher Columbus's son that just came off as ridiculous and unbelievable and placed in the book to make things interesting And a lot of REALLY awkward phrases during the sex scenes Or any reference to sex I'm pretty sure Juana compares Philippe's balls to turtledove's eggs at some point But all that aside and some time jumping that was probably confusing for those less familiar with Juana's story I really did like the book It wasn't perfect but it reminded me of a historical soap opera It was fun It just wasn't that deep Which is a shame seeing as Juana la Loca is such an ambiguous figure Could have been better and I know Lynn Cullen is capable as I did enjoy The Creation of Eve