The Spanish Bridegroom Author:Jean Plaidy To restore the power of Spain and bring England back to the iron embrace of the Holy Church, the young Philip agreed to marry Mary Tudor. His golden hair and pale skin filled the middle aged Queen with thought of hither to forbidden pleasures. Yet again is Philip the servant of his country. — Set against the glittering courts of 16th century Euro... more »pe, the Spain of the dreaded Inquisition, and the tortured England of Bloody Mary, this powerful novel traces the story of Philip II and of the women who came to know this man whom history lists as a cold blooded monster only as a devoted father and sensual lover.
Philip has remained a mysterious character through the centuries. Some see him as a tyrant, a murderer, a fanatic who reveled in the sufferings he witnessed at the autos da fe which took place in his native country and which enjoyed his whole-hearted support. To others his is the devout Catholic, the founder of that monastic palace the Escorial and a man whose harsh deeds were all committed in the cause and of duty and self-sacrifice. Who was the real Philip?
Jean Plaidy was a pen name of Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert, who also published as Philippa Carr, Victoria Holt, and others.« less