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Subject: Isabele of Spain
Date Posted: 6/6/2009 1:27 AM ET
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Does anyone know of any good books about Isabele of Spain.  You know Isable and Firdinand.  I have been very curious about her since reading Phillipa Gregory's The Constant Princess.  Thanks for any help.

Date Posted: 6/6/2009 11:54 PM ET
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Jean Plaidy has a trilogy on them (recently reissued in the UK although you can sometimes find used ones on ebay).  The three books are:

Castile for Isabella

Spain for the Sovereigns

Daughters of Spain

Also:

Crown of Aloes by Norah Lofts and The Queen's Cross by Lawrence Schoonover (there is a recent reissue of this one on Amazon); otherwise, you can usually find the Lofts book on ebay; the Schoonover, sometimes.

I've read the first one by Plaidy and thought it was pretty good.  The Schoonover and the Lofts are a little dated  and I would have to say I preferred the Schoonover.  I've had mixed luck with Lofts.

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 9:37 PM ET
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A long while back I read a YA book called: Isabel: Jewel of Castilla, Spain by Caroline Meyer.

It's a pretty easy and fast read.  I think I was around 15 when I read it.  It was pretty good, if it wasn't I doubt I would have remembered it.

Date Posted: 6/8/2009 2:15 PM ET
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I've recently read Daughters of Spain by Plaidy, and I think in my teen years  I may have read all three.

I'vealso read Isabel: Jewel of Castilla, Spain.

I'd love a good, meaty historical fiction about her, she's such a fascinating character.



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Date Posted: 6/28/2009 11:42 AM ET
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I highly recommend The Queen's Cross by Schoonover, as mentioned by Daphne!

Date Posted: 6/30/2009 7:45 PM ET
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What about Alison Weir's book? I haven't read it yet, and IIRC it's non-fiction, but it's been on my "to read" list for a while.

Date Posted: 7/3/2009 7:12 PM ET
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Arika,

I must be drawing a complete blank - which Alison Weir book are you talking about?

Date Posted: 7/3/2009 9:55 PM ET
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It's called Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England. I just saw it in my local used book store the other day, and it is non-fiction. No idea if it's any good, though!

Date Posted: 7/4/2009 1:12 AM ET
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It's called Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England. I just saw it in my local used book store the other day, and it is non-fiction. No idea if it's any good, though!

That looks absolutely fantastic. I don't think it is the same Isabella, though. 

Date Posted: 7/4/2009 10:04 AM ET
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Oh my goodness, I just realized the title said England, not Spain! lol

I saw "Isabella" and just assumed! *blushes*

Date Posted: 7/4/2009 10:46 AM ET
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That one's actually about Edward II's wife (Isabella of France).  There is a non-fiction book about Isabella by Nancy Rubin.  I have it but haven't read it yet.



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