In this stunning novel, C. W. Gortner brings to life Juana
of Castile, the third child of Queen Isabel and King
Ferdinand of Spain, who would become the last queen of
Spanish blood to inherit her country’s throne. Along the
way, Gortner takes the reader from the somber majesty of
Spain to the glittering and lethal courts of Flanders,
France, and Tudor England.
Born amid her parents’
ruthless struggle to unify and strengthen their kingdom,
Juana, at the age of sixteen, is sent to wed Philip, heir to
the Habsburg Empire. Juana finds unexpected love and passion
with her dashing young husband, and at first she is content
with her children and her married life. But when tragedy
strikes and she becomes heir to the Spanish throne, Juana
finds herself plunged into a battle for power against her
husband that grows to involve the major monarchs of Europe.
Besieged by foes on all sides, Juana vows to secure her
crown and save Spain from ruin, even if it costs her everything.