THE LAST QUEEN
Historian Gortner uses lyrical prose and fascinating historical details to illuminate the life of a forgotten queen whose passion and courageous spirit shaped the world in which she lived. Readers looking for more about the Renaissance, the Tudors and Spain will find it in this a
glorious and colorful drama.
But she finds joy and passion in her marriage, until she's called home to take over the throne. As queen she finds herself on a different side than Philip and many of Europe's powerful men. Intent to fight for her country's freedom she is caught in a tragic web of betrayal and deceit and accused of being mad. But is she truly insane or just clever enough to appear mad in order to gain the time she needs to claim the throne? (Ballantine, Aug., 300 pp., $25.00)