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Friday, May 21, 2010

Juanna and Catalina of Spain

The Last Queen by C. W. Gortner
The author states in the Afterword that it 'consumed nearly six years of writing and research which shows how much effort this life took...
A LOT happened it Juana's life. Daughter of Isabelle Queen of Castile and her consort King of Aragon who united Spain under one rule, Infanta of Castile, Archduchess of Burgundy through her marriage to Philip of Burgundy then assigned a strategical role of supporting Spain's interests in the north.
After her oldest brother, heir to Spain's dual parts, and then her older sister's death in childbirth, married to the King of Portugal, she was the next in line but already with 2 children and an ambitious, easy-influenced husband. Hence, she was the Queen regnant of Aragon and Castille.
But betrayed by her husband she was imprisoned till he could find a way to claim the throne and power to himself till he died suddenly. Then, she came to trust her father who in turn betrayed her as well and she ended up locked up in a castle with no connection to the outside world. Both traitors claimed she was mad, hence the title Juana La Loca.
A devastating tale of a woman who learned courage and patience the hard way. Even if its a novel based on historical facts the aftermath of such pain and mistrust is heartbreaking. A woman who took up all of her responsibilities and burdens with no question. I do not believe she was mad indeed. Any woman in her torments would evolve to an insane person with only half of it.

I don't know if its the story of Juana or the way it was written but what was left with me is her surrow and disapointment in the people she trusted, while in the book she did not complain even once. Also there is no hint of revenge towards them but just regret.
it is sad...
But in the meantime I had to compare it to 'The Constant Princess' by Phillipa Gregory which I read a couple of years ago. It was about Catalina of Aragon, Juanna's little sister and her struggle in marrying Henry the VII of England... Juanna did encounter her and she was portraied as a lovestruck chica who wanted Henry for love while Gregory showed a level headed woman aiming to her goal no matter what. Eventhough she went through her own misfortunes till she reached her goal and then was cast aside in the end for the Boleyin girls she left me more of a strong character in mind and a feeling of respect and power in even the chance to getting to know her!while with Juanna I felt her sadness and injustice first hand, yes that's it!I was closer to Juanna than Catalina. But Catalina did suffer more in the idea of having no one to rely and no hope at all while Juanna suffered imprisoment and denial of her royal rights. Each is hell on its own accord but Catalina will always be my favorite:)
sorry Juanna!!!!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


I loved the name Henry from the Tudors and the Gregory series of Henry the VIII..
But now he is a person from the book The Time Traveler's Wife.
Such a magical book with reason and easy to follow even though its basis is a labyrinth through time. At first I wanted to record all the dates and years but then I left it on the authors hands and it was amazing. I remember how happy I felt when I saw the cover and realized what it actually ment!I was so happy!its awesome!
Clare's patience, her persistence, the fact that she knew that Henry was to be her other half even though he didn't know it when they first met (Henry 28, Clare 20).
Lots of ups and down in time and ages and the only way to go is to just follow the path the author has drawn up.
Loved the way it felt, that determination of each other, the feeling that we will be together no matter what. There I see the fault in todays world. There is too much choice. Funny what with capitalism and democracy as the most popular regimes. But think about it. If you pick someone and stick with your choice no matter what, you will be happy because you will work it out. I know sometimes other factors bring along problems you cannot control but if you have the determination of making it work because you know this is supposed to happen and all will work out just because you believe it will then it will!
Silly moi, wondering in waters too deep maybe for my optimistic self...
But I believe true love comes with determinism in the belief that everything is going to work out and the persistence of that belief.
Easy!believe it will happen and it will!
I watched the movie halfway in the book and the movie was good thanks to the main actors but I dont think the audience understood it without reading the book. I got it bcs I read through the difficult parts where it makes sense after a while. I wonder how the ppl who only watched it received it,, I'll ask around...
I loooove Rachel McAdams!from the Notebook of course, and RedEye...
So, I read it in 5 days!!!in the weekend I finished half so with work I kept it low reading per day!
I have to confess that the ending could have been alot better. Unfortunately, I'll have to give it some more thought on it to give some suggestions. But it had to give us the dialoge on the last encounter (Clare 82, Henry 42).
I cannot even begin to imagine what they said!Tho with that the author wishes to show us that what matters is not the conversation but the actuall meeting.
I loved the first part, but the second was tiring to even read it!I had to take breaks watching tv!!!LOL..
So what's next?NEXTTTTT!