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Reign of Madness

Reign of Madness From the author of The Creation of Eve comes a tale of love and madness royal intrigue and marital betrayal set during the Golden Age of Spain Juana of Castile third child of the Spanish monarchs I

  • Title: Reign of Madness
  • Author: Lynn Cullen
  • ISBN: 9780399157097
  • Page: 407
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the author of The Creation of Eve comes a tale of love and madness, royal intrigue and marital betrayal, set during the Golden Age of Spain Juana of Castile, third child of the Spanish monarchs Isabel and Fernando, grows up with no hope of inheriting her parents crowns, but as a princess knows her duty to further her family s ambitions through marriage Yet storiesFrom the author of The Creation of Eve comes a tale of love and madness, royal intrigue and marital betrayal, set during the Golden Age of Spain Juana of Castile, third child of the Spanish monarchs Isabel and Fernando, grows up with no hope of inheriting her parents crowns, but as a princess knows her duty to further her family s ambitions through marriage Yet stories of courtly love, and of her parents own legendary romance, surround her When she weds the Duke of Burgundy, a young man so beautiful that he is known as Philippe the Handsome, she dares to hope that she might have both love and crowns He is caring, charming, and attracted to her seemingly a perfect husband.But what begins like a fairy tale ends quite differently.When Queen Isabel dies, the crowns of Spain unexpectedly pass down to Juana, leaving her husband and her father hungering for the throne Rumors fly that the young Queen has gone mad, driven insane by possessiveness Who is to be believed The King, beloved by his subjects Or the Queen, unseen and unknown by her people One of the greatest cautionary tales in Spanish history comes to life as Lynn Cullen explores the controversial reign of Juana of Castile also known as Juana the Mad Sweeping, page turning, and wholly entertaining, Reign of Madness is historical fiction at its richly satisfying best.

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    1. I’m a huge “fan” (if you will) and supporter of Juana the Mad. Bluntly, I don’t think she was crazy and many of her actions were a result of being driven to a point of anxiety and misunderstanding. To me, she was a strong, captivating female. My interest in her caused me to anxiously await the release of “Reign of Madness”. After reading only a few pages, I knew that I wasn’t going to be as satisfied as I initially perceived. Reign of Madness instantly throws you into a VERY fictio [...]

    2. About 60 pages into it, I looked at my stack of to-read books, and stopped. It was reading like a YA romance, with a teenage heroine having--issues with her parents (news flash: when your mother is the Queen of Spain, she's going to be a little controlling, and I doubt that Queen Isabel gave feminist speeches to her daughters, such as analogizing women to horses with "And so it continues forth, a noble, strong creature, kicked and spurred into docility by the little man upon it. . . .");--a crus [...]

    3. I did not know much about Juana of Castile before reading this book but I now know that I want to know more.This tale of yet another young woman in history sold to a man she did not know for political reasons is unbelievably sad. While a work of fiction the story is based on what fact has come down through history.Juana was the third daughter of the very famous Ferdinand and Isabella. She was not expected to ever ascend to the throne of "the Spains" but as a royal daughter she was sent to Austri [...]

    4. I don't recall ever reading any books set in the spanish court so I checked Reign of Madness out of the library with relish. I quickly read through most of the book, but at about 3/4th of the way in I suddenly lost almost all interest in it. I did go ahead and finish it up, and in doing so pinpointed why this happened. Juana of Castile is a mousey character. She has events happen to her, but doesn’t do anything to really try to prevent the situations she finds herself in, I had thought that so [...]

    5. This book chronicled a period in history and people that I previously knew very little about. I enjoyed the fascinating history lesson very much. In fact, the author's multi page author's note with detailed historical facts was one of my favorite parts of the book! The author writes history in such a way that it becomes very exciting, fast-paced, and relevant to today. I found myself searching for more information online, so I know I was hooked on this story.However, the book was difficult for m [...]

    6. Thoroughly depressing. Cullen tries to for Juana of Aragon what Greggory did for Mary Boleyn, but Juana's life is so full of suckitude (that is so a word!), that the book left me mopy and disturbed. Its well researched, I'll give it that, but it came off a little clinical - all the facts were there, the people, the events, etc, but it was missing some vital spark to make it all come alive. Cullen covers a lot of ground, which doesn't leave the reader much time to care for any of the characters - [...]

    7. Historical fiction concerning people whose lives are basically giant question marks is difficult to write. (Maybe that's Borgia fiction ranges from mediocre to nauseatingly bad.) Juana of Castile, otherwise known as Juan la Loca, is one of those question marks. Was she mad? Was it all propaganda spread by her husband and father? And if she wasn't mad, what was she like?I tend to err on the side of Juana being mentally unstable, but perhaps not nearly as "mad" as Ferdinand and Philip (Philippe in [...]

    8. Being a princess was no fairy story! This tale is more tangled than Rapunzel’s!Reign of Madness is an account that begins as a sunny romance and ends in gothic noir. Juana of Castile was a bartered bride, following in her sister Catherine of Aragon’s doomed footsteps, bargained off as a political pawn to Habsburg Philippe the Handsome, Archduke of Flanders.A flowering branch of one of the mightiest family trees in history, she was the daughter of Spain’s Ferdinand and Isabella. Her brother [...]

    9. Myth and legend are often very different from the truth. Set against the background of late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, Ms. Cullen weaves a remarkable tale about a famous young woman from a very famous royal family. Daughter of the Catholic Kings and sister to the famed Catherine of Aragon, the woman known from defaming stories as "Juana la Loca", Reign of Madness paints a very different story of this woman who was every bit as remarkable as her family members.(view spoiler)[Cullen [...]

    10. **Copy received thru First Reads Giveaway**Took me a while to get into this book as it read like a YA book to me all the way through. Juana starts off as a teenager and even though she has six children and 10 or so years pass, she's still acting like a teenager. Everything she does is reactive - I dislike passive 'heroines' like this. Granted, for the time period described, female passivity was the norm, but you can't advertise this book as a great love story or a drama because there's neither. [...]

    11. My full 4 JEWEL review can be found at One Book Shy of a Full ShelfThe history of Spain and its royalty was mostly unknown to me until reading this book. I had heard of Isabella and Ferdinand of course, but not many details. While Reign of Madness went a long way to change that, it was also an enjoyable read. Lynn Cullen has focused on a point in history that is still surrounded by more questions than answers, almost 500 years later. It continues to be a mystery what really happened to Juana dur [...]

    12. It's historical fiction but based on many facts, per Ms. Cullen. Most striking to me is the similarity between those times and current times as far as control of women by some men is concerned.

    13. Lynn Cullen’s Reign of Madness offers a window into the life of one of Spain’s most notorious monarchs, Juana “the Mad” of Castile. Third child of the famous Spanish rulers, Fernando and Isabel, Juana married a Habsburg archduke, and upon the deaths of her elder siblings and mother, became the heir to her mother’s kingdoms. However, common consensus was that she was insane, so her husband had her put under house arrest, and after her husband died, Juana was kept imprisoned by her fathe [...]

    14. Juana of CastiloJust as I was ready to give up, book turned a corner and piqued my interest. Mad Queen, seemed so by father and husband, then son so they could rule in her steed. Amazing story.

    15. I will preface this review by saying that I had never read anything by Lynn Cullen or about Juana of Castile. I picked up this book because I was interested in expanding my horizons on available historical fiction writers.I would have probably enjoyed this book more when I was in high school. Teenage, historical fiction-loving me would have loved reading this after she had finished binge reading her Jean Plaidy or Philippa Gregory novels. In high school, I loved historical fiction, and back then [...]

    16. Thoughts on.Not a review. No spoilers. I gave it 3 stars because 2.5 isn’t an option. As much as I know about Katherine of Aragon, you’d think I knew more than the basics about her parents and siblings, but I don’t. I have been curious about Juana “la loca” since I first learned about her. Outside of trying to read one other histfic book about her (and failing) I haven’t really done much about that curiosity. Similarly I don’t know much about her parents. I’ve always had much dis [...]

    17. This novelized history explores the life of Juana of Castile, sometimes called Juana the Mad. Juana was the daughter of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand, around the time Columbus returned from his first journey to “the Indies.” After the deaths of her brother and sister and a couple infants more directly in line for the throne, Juana became her mother’s heir, and was set to be the queen of Spain. The author posits that her madness was an invention of her husband’s, Phillippe “the Hand [...]

    18. Just for a moment, imagine that you are a queen. The queen of Spain, perhaps. You follow a line of legendary rulers, but that's not what you are remembered for. All you get is "the Mad" attached to the back of your name. You are known for having supposedly gone insane after your husband dies and are locked away in a castle for some fifty years. Not much of a fairy tale, right? This is precisely what happened to Juana of Castile, the daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella in the late 15th and early 1 [...]

    19. Juana’s story in Reign of Madness is one of unsure teen growing into an unsure woman who finally, after many years and too late, sees how she has fallen into the hands of a selfish husband and later into a power hungry father. I enjoyed Juana’s story as it was written by Lynn Cullen; I found it, at times, beautiful. We the reader can see the foreshadowing of Juana’s future as we read along, at times I wanted to take her aside and whisper in her ear that she “really shouldn’t talk about [...]

    20. I loved this book. It ranks in the top five historical novels I've read this year. From the first page, I was totally enamored of Juana, our heroine, and sucked in to her world.  I'm sort of mentally flailing my arms in my enthusiasm, so I apologize if this review is less substance and more squee. Juana's parents are the Isabel and Ferdinand of Columbus/New World fame. A bright child, Juana is married off to a handsome, playful, vivacious Duke whose opulent, decadent world is the opposite of th [...]

    21. My review offirst appeared in the November 2011 issue of Historical Novels Review:Veteran author Lynn Cullen, author of The Creation of Eve, chose Juana la Loca, middle child of Spain’s Isabella of Castile and King Ferdinand of Aragon, to bring to life in this tragic cautionary tale. C.W. Gortner also wrote about Juana the Mad in his recent novel, The Last Queen. Interestingly, both Gortner and Cullen, after doing the research, decided that Juana’s diagnosis and 50-year confinement (at the h [...]

    22. REIGN OF MADNESSBY Lynn CullenPublisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New YorkCopyright: Lynn Cullen 2011How far would you go for your family? Is there any limit? That’s a question to ask while you read this fantastic historical novel. Lynn Cullen paints a realistic picture of her characters and the time period that the novel takes place in. Another good question is how far would you go for power and glory? This is a novel about Spain during the 1400’s to the 1500’s. It is a story about Queen Isa [...]

    23. I received this book in a giveaway. A princess never supposed to be Queen, a Queen denied her right to rule. This is the sad story of Juana, daughter of Queen Isabella, one of the greatest monarchs of all time. While this book was a fictionalized version of true events, the basic story was of course based on facts. I couldn't help but feel that poor Juana probably did actually go mad in reality though, after being abused and neglected for so long. The first part of the book is actually pretty h [...]

    24. During the sixteenth century, Spain and her territories were ruled by Juana of Castile, the daughter of famous monarchs Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand. Reign of Madness is a work of historical fiction depicting how Juana came to be Queen, how she came to be known as Juana the Mad, and the intrigue and power plays that surrounded her life at Court.It is particularly satisfying to learn about some facet of history about which I am unaware. I haven’t studied much about Spanish history and when [...]

    25. I was intrigued by the story and knew very little about Spanish history and about Juana the Mad when I began reading Reign of Madness. I think that this lack of background information made it easy for me to dive into the story, to sympathize with Juana and to find myself staunchly on her side.Juana had never expected to become queen of Spain. She was the daughter of Queen Isabela, one of the most powerful queens in Spanish European history and the mother of Charles V, emperor of the Holy Roman E [...]

    26. .5 stars. This was poorly edited (check the dates in the chapter titles. The years were wrong.) and an overall train wreck. I come looking for a meaningful historical fiction and since there were no new Michelle Moran books, I picked up this out of my interest for Juana la Loca. Instead I got an overly dramatized and contrived peace of crap, something lacking a strong female lead (as the inside flap led me to believe I would find.) We are told that Juana is a character of quiet strength, or at l [...]

    27. The story is told through the eyes of Juana, daughter of Isabel and Ferdinand II of Spain. It is set at the very end of 15th century and beginning of 16th century, during the time of Christopher Columbus’ discoveries. Isabel and Ferdinand are known for ruling Spain equally. Is it so? Young Juana observes that it’s more of her mom’s iron hand ruling the kingdom than his reserved, quiet father. There is something else that she notices about her father, which pains her.The voice reflects the [...]

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