By Jean Plaidy
Power-hungry monarch, cold-blooded assassin, obsessive monster—who may perhaps love one of these man?
Set opposed to the glittering courts of sixteenth-century Europe, the Spain of the feared Inquisition, and the tortured England of Bloody Mary, For a Queen’s Love is the tale of Philip II of Spain—and of the ladies who enjoyed him as a husband and father.
Philip was once a gloomy and bothered guy, who, like many royals, were robbed of his formative years. His first marriage, a romantic union with childlike Maria Manoela, introduced him tragedy and a difficult son, Don Carlos. Then marriage with the jealously possessive Mary Tudor, a political union that eventually didn't deliver Philip an inheritor that will solidify the unified strength he so deeply wanted. and eventually, marriage back to a tender bride Philip stole from his unbalanced son, sowing the seeds of brutal homicide. yet heritage is seldom what it kind of feels, and within the palms of loved writer Jean Plaidy, we pay attention one other aspect to the tale of Philip II—the strongest of kings who was once without delay enthusiast, assassin, husband, father, and lover.
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But William of Orange, on the other hand, charged Philip not only with the murder of his son Carlos, but of this same wife Elisabeth, which crime he declared the King committed because he wished to marry his niece Anne of Austria, the richest heiress in the world. I have come to the conclusion that the various judgments of Philip’s character have been greatly influenced in each case by the religion of the chronicler; and it has been my aim to clear my mind of prejudice, to cut away religious bias, and to discover the real man.
That is how I would have it. You will do well. I prophesy greatness for you. ” Philip bowed with dignity and left his father. He was excited by the interview, yet filled with apprehension at the thought of the future. Don Juan de Zuñiga surveyed his pupil with some dismay. He had been courteous enough when the Emperor had brought them together; he had bowed with the ceremony Philip expected; he had walked at a respectful distance behind the Prince when they went into the stables; but as soon as they were there his manner changed.
For a Queen's Love: The Stories of the Royal Wives of Philip II (A Novel of the Tudors) by Jean Plaidy