Sister Queens: The Noble, Tragic Lives Of Katherine Of Aragon And Juana, Queen Of Castile (2012)
Sister Queens: The Noble, Tragic Lives of Katherine of Aragon and Juana, Queen of Castile (2012)
3.69 of 5 Votes: 2
0345516044 (ISBN13: 9780345516046)
Ballantine Books
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Reading this fitted in well with just recently having finished Winter King, a biography on Henry VII. It was interesting to get a slightly different perspective on a similar time in history. I felt that the book was reasonably well written, and I would be interested in knowing more about Henry VIII and his argument for why is marriage to Katherine of Aragon was illegitimate. His basic argument, as presented here, was that the reason he did not have a son with Katherine was because the marriage was illegitimate, and a comparison was made to David and Bathsheba. However, my understanding of Scripture would be that his relationship with Anne Boleyn could more easily be compared to that of David and Bathsheba.Reading of all the machinations by the royalty and their entourages in both this and Winter King, the scripture that comes to mind is Luke 12:16-21. So often their plans came to naught as their lives, or the lives of their children, came to an abrupt end. Pro- I think the book was well written. When I started this book I was skeptical about whether or not I actually wanted to read a book about the shrewish Katherine of Aragon. What drew me to the book was that it was also about her sister Juana. After I started the book I was pleasantly surprised. I ended up enjoying the book. It was engaging through out the whole book and I was able to see Katherine of Aragon in a new light. Plus there were facts that I did not know and it was good to expand my knowledge on the issue.Con- While I did enjoy reading about Katherine of Aragon I was really disappointed that most of the book focused on her. I would have liked to read more about her sister Juana. It would make sense to me that there is probably not as much information about her since she was kept in isolation, but maybe the book could have elaborated a little more about what was going on at the time.
A bit too focused on Katherine, but still good.
Very rich in historical details.
Interesting and informative.
Very dry, but informative
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