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Falling Pomegranate Seeds: The Duty of Daughters (English Edition) Kindle版
"Wendy J. Dunn is an exceptional voice for Tudor fiction, and has a deep understanding of the era. Her words ring true and touch the heart, plunging the reader into a fascinating, dangerous and emotionally touching new world." - Barbara Gaskell Denvil
"Dunn deftly weaves a heartrending story about the bonds between mothers and daughters, sisters and friends. Each character is beautifully crafted with a compassionate touch to draw the reader into every raw emotion, from triumph to tragedy." - Adrienne Dillard, author of Cor Rotto
"This is a captivating read, written with heart, significance and sensibility. Dunn is a careful writer. She doesn't exploit her characters; rather, she explores them and brings us along for the journey. This is a novel researched with integrity, and Dunn reaches out and lands beautifully in the winner's circle." - Wendy Zollo, Historical Novels Review
"...magnificent, riveting reading"
VIVIANE CRYSTAL, CRYSTAL BOOK REVIEWS.
FINALIST IN THE 2020 CHAUCER AWARD for pre-1750s Historical Fiction (Winner decided on June 5th, 2021).--このテキストは、paperback版に関連付けられています。
- ASIN : B081NKMSC9
- 出版社 : Poesy Quill; 第2版 (2019/11/17)
- 発売日 : 2019/11/17
- 言語 : 英語
- ファイルサイズ : 2437 KB
- Text-to-Speech（テキスト読み上げ機能） : 有効
- X-Ray : 有効にされていません
- Word Wise : 有効
- 本の長さ : 302ページ
- ページ番号ソース ISBN : 8494489399
What I loved about this book, it focused on Queen Isabel and her husband, King Ferdinand of Aragon and their children; Isabel, Juan, Juana, Maria and Catalina (the future Katherine of Aragon, the wife to Arthur Tudor and Henry VIII), but through the eyes of Beatriz, who saw first-hand the strengths and flaws of all of these important historical figures, but in my mind makes them more human but also making them interesting, as it is being written from a different point-of-view.
I highly enjoyed that this book focused on Katherine as a child, but her sorrow and misery in her adult life has been several times before (I love it and I’d still read them) but it was completely refreshing being able to read about Katherine growing up, especially reading about her relationship with her mother, her siblings and her lifelong friend, Maria de Salinas. It was wonderful to read about her relationship with her tutor and governess, who would play a massive part in helping Katherine get ready to become the future Princess of Wales and future Queen of England.
I fell in love with these characters, as Wendy made them feel so real! Beatriz was depicted as a strong and intelligent, but caring woman. Beatriz is a poet, and scholar at a time, when it was mainly men who became scholars, but Queen Isabel believed in and trusted Beatriz enough, to teach and govern her youngest daughter, Catalina and even throughout the story, we learn that Beatriz taught Queen Isabel latin. The author establishes that for all the women in this story it was difficult, as women were mainly used a bargaining tool for an alliances, but were reared to become wives and mothers. Although, for Queen Isabel, it was particularly difficult as she was a Queen, when it was regarded as a man’s right to rule, but she married Ferdinand to bring Spain together and had children to make more political alliances, but also to establish their dynasty. In spite of Isabel’s gender, she has gone down in history as a fierce and warrior Queen.
I was fond of reading Queen Isabel’s interactions with her children, as I will admit that my impression of Queen Isabel was someone who had a strong personality and that it was her way or no way, but Wendy has compelled me to change my perception of Isabel, as a kind and caring mother.
However, the one character that I failed to take a shining too was Ferdinand of Aragon, but that is due to Wendy’s spectacular writing, but he is depicted as being malicious to his daughter Juana (which could explain how Juana came to be known as Joanna the Mad). He is also vile to Beatriz in his treatment of her and I literally was getting so angry reading about him. In the end, I am glad when Beatriz confides in her friend and Queen, Isabel about her treatment from Ferdinand and that she believes her and helps her. This shows how into the story I became, and it is credit to Wendy that her writing suck me straight into the story! I was highly devastated when the book was finished!
The author has written about many themes throughout this book. Love, friendship and family are the biggest themes that are featured throughout the book, as the Spanish royal family suffered so many tragedies and even Beatriz herself suffered personal tragedies of her own. It demonstrated to me, that from then to even now in the 21st century, that if we have those three things in our lives (love, friendship and family) that we will be able to cope and deal with anything, no matter how difficult the situation! Death is also another theme through the book, as many of the Royal Family’s loved one died, they came to term with their grief in many different ways and it was interesting to read.
I enjoyed this novel, as even though I knew about Katherine of Aragon, Queen Isabel of Castile and King Ferdinand of Aragon, Juana. I did not know much about the Spanish history and the Spanish court. The novel features many historical events and figures such as; Christopher Columbus’s voyage, the Spanish Inquisition, The Holy War, and the conquest of Granada. Whilst reading this book, I was researching and looking up about some of these characters and events that I was reading about at the time.
This book is just fantastic, I cannot praise it enough! I have loved reading Wendy’s books and this book is no different! It is a great novel to get to know the royal Spanish court, and to find out a bit more about the Spanish royalty around the time of the Tudors. I would highly recommend this book to absolutely EVERYONE! You will never get tired of reading this book, the characters are easy to like, you are able to sympathise with the characters and you won’t want to put the book down!