À Isabel: Jewel of Castilla, Spain, 1466 ✓ Download by ☆ Carolyn Meyer

À Isabel: Jewel of Castilla, Spain, 1466 ✓ Download by ☆ Carolyn Meyer Such good memories RTC I liked this when I was younger it was one of my favorite royal diaries but this time around I wasn t the biggest fan I enjoyed the history section and learning about the connections these people had with the tudors in England To see her speak was divine Fernandez de Oviedo Setting Spain, 1466 1468Coverly Love Yes I ve always loved the beautifully illustrated covers this series has Plot Princess Isabel is a sister caught between two brothers On the one hand, her older stepbrother Enrique is supreme leader of Castilla and Le n, and she s forced to obey his every command On the other hand, her brother Alfonso has raised rebel forces and claimed himself King of Castilla, effectively driving a wedge throughout the Spanish empire Half the kingdom despises Enrique and supports Alfonso, while the other half thinks the exact opposite In the midst of it all, Enrique is in control of his little sister s every move, including who her future husband will be The only problem is that all the husbands he picks for her are either despicable, ugly, old or a combination of all three Can Isabel find a way to reunite the warring kingdoms of Spain AND find true love in the process During my middle school years, The Royal Diaries series and its sibling companion series Dear America, My Name is America, and My America were my bread and butter I absolutely loved these series and pretty much read every single one of them If you had asked me way back when about 7 or 8 years ago about my feelings for this book, I would have rated it 5 stars and said it was the best thing ever written in the history of the universe 7th grade Katherine talking here Feeling nostalgic and wanting something quick to read since college is being unusually cruel and taking up all of my spare time, I decided to return to these childhood favorites of mine and take a trip down reading memory lane Boy oh boy, how the years can change your reading perspective As a 20 year old woman reading it now, I can safely say that while I do think this book is GOOD, I don t think it s the best thing ever written my 12 year old self is scolding me right now Mainly the whole plot line was finding poor Isabel a husband That s it And the storyline read, at times, like one of those boring history documentaries than an actual fictional diary Granted, the publishers of these books made the authors adhere to a strict structure that they had to stick to, but at times, the plotline could border on the dry side Characters Hi, my name s Isabel I m a princess with a horrible older brother who seems to want me to be completely miserable by marrying me to some fat, old, ugly, fanatical man whom I care nothing about whatsoever All I m doing is waiting for my Fernando to come I ve only heard of him once, but I m madly in love with him all the same So all I have to do is wait And that s all I do in this book.
Isabel doesn t exist in this book solely for this purpose, but it sure seemed like it Of course, in her defense, there wasn t a whole lot a princess COULD hope for during that time period The only thing you really were good for was marrying one of your cousins who was a prince king of another empire so you could produce a son So technically, it isn t her fault Nevertheless, it sometimes felt that I was reading the diary of a robotic Spanish princess than the supposedly headstrong princess she was I would mention the other characters, but they either played so little a role in the story or were so comically over characterized that it seems rather pointless to mention them here But some key players are Enrique the bad brother , Alfonso the good brother , Beatriz Isabel s BFF , Clara the perpetually sour spinster aunt nursemaid , Catalina Isabel s other BFF and lady in waiting , Queen Juana psycho terror queen and wife of Enrique , Isabel s many suitors see below , and Archbishop Carillo her fairy godfather priest Pros Well, for once no one had to worry about their head being chopped off, haha And revisiting a childhood favorite is always an enjoyable task So points for sentimental feels Cons Basically, this whole book revolved around the every present and important question Who will Isabel marry I would have liked a wee bit substance than that, thank you very much Also, the surprising case of instalove took me off guard a bit Wasn t expecting that for a middle grade novel And characterization would have been nice Love Triangle Um The jury s out on this one On the one hand, Isabel has to deal with 4 suitors vying for her hand in marriage On the other hand, she only has one man in mind Fernando, heir to the throne of Aragon She doesn t love any of the 4 her brother s picked out for her, and their romantic feelings are never revealed though I would imagine they loved her money than her looks and intelligence So yes What do you all think should this be classified as one big love pentagon Or not Instalove Yes, surprisingly Isabel first hears of her cousin Fernando from her friend Beatriz and falls in love with him at first mention I wouldn t have expected it, but hey if he was the only marriageable option that wasn t old, fat or ugly, I would ve been enormously relieved as well A Little Romance Isabel is pretty picky when it comes to potential suitors She gets bounced back from one to the other She has not one, not two, but FIVE suitors You heard me 5 There s King Afonso V of Portugal a greedy lout , Pedro Gir n an even greedier lout , Richard, Duke of Gloucester barely mentioned and Charles, Duke of Berry so nonmemorable I don t even remember him And then there s Fernando Oh Fernando She doesn t even have to lay eyes on him not even a picture to know he s the one for her Haha, and they say instalove doesn t exist in history Conclusion This certainly wasn t a horrible book, but it wasn t terribly exciting either It s funny how your perspective of things can change once you get older read This Honestly, any of the Royal Diaries books are good So read those, especially if you like reading about famous princesses or if you re between the ages of 9 13.
Watch This HBO made 3 of the Royal Diaries books into TV movies along with some Dear America titles , and this book was one of them It deviates a LOT from the book ex, the while Fernando Isabel meeting is a lot romanticized and Clara and Beatriz are combined characters , but it s a fun little movie to see, nonetheless.
Isabel Jewel of Castilla is a fictional diary of Isabella the first who reigned Castile now Spain in the 15th century The diary is about Isabel as a teenager and the lead up to her wedding Isabel is the daughter of Juan II of Castilla and Isabel I of Portugal Her father dies and her mother goes into a deep state of depression Isabel s brothers Enrique and Alfonso divide the kingdom, each proclaiming that they are the rightful king They vie for control over Isabel, as they both want her to make a marriage alliance with anyone who they think can help defeat the other.
I thought this book was okay, not one of the best out of the Scholastic Royal Diaries series Isabel is a little dour at the start of the book because she uses her diary to record all the sins that she has committed I was put off by the diary entries listing all the trivial sins that she had committed, such as being angry or taking a day off Although I have taken into account that people in the 15th century were devout and serious I ve also read that the real life Isabel was a deeply religious woman and when she was queen, she set about the Spanish Inquisition which led to the execution of a lot of non Christians Fortunately, as the book progresses, she lightens up a bit and starts to record positive things in her life However, the book is mostly about her anxiously wondering who she will marry It s a pity that she lived in a time when all that a woman could look forward to was marriage However, as a princess she was fortunate than most women in that era being that she was rich and educated The book really gets interesting when Isabel decides to marry a man of her choice and makes a few daring escapes to get to him There aren t any steamy hook ups in the book as the marriage is to do with convenience and the lesser evil While Isabel is not swooning over a lover, she has quiet hopes that she will have a happy marriage I love reading about royals of the past, particularly about the women They manage to do extraordinary things despite the restrictions placed onto them because of their gender So while this book was not one of my favourites, I don t regret reading it.
Such good memories RTC I liked this when I was younger it was one of my favorite royal diaries but this time around I wasn t the biggest fan I enjoyed the history section and learning about the connections these people had with the tudors in England To see her speak was divine Fernandez de Oviedo Setting Spain, 1466 1468Coverly Love Yes I ve always loved the beautifully illustrated covers this series has Plot Princess Isabel is a sister caught between two brothers On the one hand, her older stepbrother Enrique is supreme leader of Castilla and Le n, and she s forced to obey his every command On the other hand, her brother Alfonso has raised rebel forces and claimed himself King of Castilla, effectively driving a wedge throughout the Spanish empire Half the kingdom despises Enrique and supports Alfonso, while the other half thinks the exact opposite In the midst of it all, Enrique is in control of his little sister s every move, including who her future husband will be The only problem is that all the husbands he picks for her are either despicable, ugly, old or a combination of all three Can Isabel find a way to reunite the warring kingdoms of Spain AND find true love in the process During my middle school years, The Royal Diaries series and its sibling companion series Dear America, My Name is America, and My America were my bread and butter I absolutely loved these series and pretty much read every single one of them If you had asked me way back when about 7 or 8 years ago about my feelings for this book, I would have rated it 5 stars and said it was the best thing ever written in the history of the universe 7th grade Katherine talking here Feeling nostalgic and wanting something quick to read since college is being unusually cruel and taking up all of my spare time, I decided to return to these childhood favorites of mine and take a trip down reading memory lane Boy oh boy, how the years can change your reading perspective As a 20 year old woman reading it now, I can safely say that while I do think this book is GOOD, I don t think it s the best thing ever written my 12 year old self is scolding me right now Mainly the whole plot line was finding poor Isabel a husband That s it And the storyline read, at times, like one of those boring history documentaries than an actual fictional diary Granted, the publishers of these books made the authors adhere to a strict structure that they had to stick to, but at times, the plotline could border on the dry side Characters Hi, my name s Isabel I m a princess with a horrible older brother who seems to want me to be completely miserable by marrying me to some fat, old, ugly, fanatical man whom I care nothing about whatsoever All I m doing is waiting for my Fernando to come I ve only heard of him once, but I m madly in love with him all the same So all I have to do is wait And that s all I do in this book.
Isabel doesn t exist in this book solely for this purpose, but it sure seemed like it Of course, in her defense, there wasn t a whole lot a princess COULD hope for during that time period The only thing you really were good for was marrying one of your cousins who was a prince king of another empire so you could produce a son So technically, it isn t her fault Nevertheless, it sometimes felt that I was reading the diary of a robotic Spanish princess than the supposedly headstrong princess she was I would mention the other characters, but they either played so little a role in the story or were so comically over characterized that it seems rather pointless to mention them here But some key players are Enrique the bad brother , Alfonso the good brother , Beatriz Isabel s BFF , Clara the perpetually sour spinster aunt nursemaid , Catalina Isabel s other BFF and lady in waiting , Queen Juana psycho terror queen and wife of Enrique , Isabel s many suitors see below , and Archbishop Carillo her fairy godfather priest Pros Well, for once no one had to worry about their head being chopped off, haha And revisiting a childhood favorite is always an enjoyable task So points for sentimental feels Cons Basically, this whole book revolved around the every present and important question Who will Isabel marry I would have liked a wee bit substance than that, thank you very much Also, the surprising case of instalove took me off guard a bit Wasn t expecting that for a middle grade novel And characterization would have been nice Love Triangle Um The jury s out on this one On the one hand, Isabel has to deal with 4 suitors vying for her hand in marriage On the other hand, she only has one man in mind Fernando, heir to the throne of Aragon She doesn t love any of the 4 her brother s picked out for her, and their romantic feelings are never revealed though I would imagine they loved her money than her looks and intelligence So yes What do you all think should this be classified as one big love pentagon Or not Instalove Yes, surprisingly Isabel first hears of her cousin Fernando from her friend Beatriz and falls in love with him at first mention I wouldn t have expected it, but hey if he was the only marriageable option that wasn t old, fat or ugly, I would ve been enormously relieved as well A Little Romance Isabel is pretty picky when it comes to potential suitors She gets bounced back from one to the other She has not one, not two, but FIVE suitors You heard me 5 There s King Afonso V of Portugal a greedy lout , Pedro Gir n an even greedier lout , Richard, Duke of Gloucester barely mentioned and Charles, Duke of Berry so nonmemorable I don t even remember him And then there s Fernando Oh Fernando She doesn t even have to lay eyes on him not even a picture to know he s the one for her Haha, and they say instalove doesn t exist in history Conclusion This certainly wasn t a horrible book, but it wasn t terribly exciting either It s funny how your perspective of things can change once you get older read This Honestly, any of the Royal Diaries books are good So read those, especially if you like reading about famous princesses or if you re between the ages of 9 13.
Watch This HBO made 3 of the Royal Diaries books into TV movies along with some Dear America titles , and this book was one of them It deviates a LOT from the book ex, the while Fernando Isabel meeting is a lot romanticized and Clara and Beatriz are combined characters , but it s a fun little movie to see, nonetheless.
Isabel Jewel of Castilla is a fictional diary of Isabella the first who reigned Castile now Spain in the 15th century The diary is about Isabel as a teenager and the lead up to her wedding Isabel is the daughter of Juan II of Castilla and Isabel I of Portugal Her father dies and her mother goes into a deep state of depression Isabel s brothers Enrique and Alfonso divide the kingdom, each proclaiming that they are the rightful king They vie for control over Isabel, as they both want her to make a marriage alliance with anyone who they think can help defeat the other.
I thought this book was okay, not one of the best out of the Scholastic Royal Diaries series Isabel is a little dour at the start of the book because she uses her diary to record all the sins that she has committed I was put off by the diary entries listing all the trivial sins that she had committed, such as being angry or taking a day off Although I have taken into account that people in the 15th century were devout and serious I ve also read that the real life Isabel was a deeply religious woman and when she was queen, she set about the Spanish Inquisition which led to the execution of a lot of non Christians Fortunately, as the book progresses, she lightens up a bit and starts to record positive things in her life However, the book is mostly about her anxiously wondering who she will marry It s a pity that she lived in a time when all that a woman could look forward to was marriage However, as a princess she was fortunate than most women in that era being that she was rich and educated The book really gets interesting when Isabel decides to marry a man of her choice and makes a few daring escapes to get to him There aren t any steamy hook ups in the book as the marriage is to do with convenience and the lesser evil While Isabel is not swooning over a lover, she has quiet hopes that she will have a happy marriage I love reading about royals of the past, particularly about the women They manage to do extraordinary things despite the restrictions placed onto them because of their gender So while this book was not one of my favourites, I don t regret reading it.
I ve never been interested in Spanish history before but then I heard about C.
W Gortner s book about Juana la Loca and I felt I need some simple back story and was lucky enough to have this book in my library I didn t realize how long Spain was at war with itself The strife lasted for quite some time so to think about Isabel and her husband Fernando bringing both Castilla and Aragon together, despite what happens during the Inquisition, is really amazing This book focused on Isabel from 1466 to 1468 A couple years prior to her rise to the thrown She is used much like a pawn in chess between her brothers and then again between her brother Enrique and the rebel faction that wanted him off the thrown If Isabel hadn t been so headstrong she probably wouldn t have ended up with Fernando and wouldn t have gotten out from under King Enrique s thumb It was also nice to read about the relationship between Isabel and her ladies They were so loyal to her, in a time when that was quite uncommon.
I was really interested in reading this book because I wanted to read about royalty from Spain or, rather, at the time, it was the kingdoms of Leon and Castile, Aragon, and Granada Maybe some others too, but those are the ones I remember All I knew about Isabel is that she is particularly famous for helping Christopher Columbus plans on traveling to the Americas This is a middle school book, but perfect for my purpose of wanting an introduction to Isabel Also, I adore the Royal Diaries series, lots of good middle school memories I never read this one when I was a kid though, this is my first read through.
Isabel starts off as 13 or 14 years old in this book Her father died a while back, and currently, the kingdom is split between her two brothers Enrique, her older half brother and Alfonso, her younger, full blooded brother Isabel is caught in the middle between her warring brothers, but tries her best to stay neutral She is currently staying with Enrique, who is keen to marry Isabel off to someone for political advantage With some good luck, Isabel manages to avoid being wed off to some much older, ugly and cruel men She hears about the Prince of Aragon, Fernando, the only royal who is actually around her age She hears that he is handsome and kind With her brother trying to push her into marriage, Isabel tries to convince him that she should marry Fernando Her brother Enrique breaks promise after promise, however, and in the end, Isabel has to take matters into her own hands.
I feel that this is definitely one of the best Royal Diaries books I ve read Some of the other ones have pretty skimpy and weak plots, but this one on Isabel felt interesting, consistent and well done Isabel is not merely a passive character in this story, describing events as they unfold which is what I felt some of the other books in this series sometimes do She is actually a true part of the story, and initiates events on her own I had no previous knowledge as to the politics of the Spanish peninsula during this time period, so everything that happened was fresh and new to me I suspect if you had actual knowledge about Isabel and her time period, it might not be as surprising and it might feel kind of predictable I had no idea what to expect though, so it was all new and wonderful knowledge to me.
Isabel herself is portrayed as a religious young woman who tries to push for peace and harmony She does not like her brothers fighting, as it splits the entire family up and means civil war in their kingdom However, she is definitely not a passive little mouse She wants to take her destiny into her own hands She didn t want to marry the old men Enrique wanted to set her up with, so she secretly pushed her own agenda with some outside help, of course to try to marry the Prince of Aragon Pretty admirable in that time period, when women had to obey men, and Enrique was also king If you enjoy the Royal Diaries series, this is definitely a must read Well written, well plotted, and for those like me with no historical knowledge on Isabel, very fascinating Amazing E-Book, Isabel: Jewel of Castilla, Spain, 1466 Author Carolyn Meyer This is very good and becomes the main topic to read, the readers are very takjup and always take inspiration from the contents of the book Isabel: Jewel of Castilla, Spain, 1466, essay by Carolyn Meyer.
Is now on our website and you can download it by register what are you waiting for? Please read and make a refission for you Isabel was one of the few royal women who was actually able to have a partnership and equal ruling power with her husband She was politically savvy, clever and incredibly brave This story shows how she had to be intelligent in order to claim her throne at a very young age This one shows her childhood up to when she married Fernando and how she managed to work with her elder brother Enrique.
This is a well written book, but I found it boring.
Second installment in this series that I read in 2018 Book 3 in my Reading Challenge.
The first few pages in the book set a pretty dimsal tone Not just because of the political difficulties of Isabel s situation, but because of how strict Isabel is over confession and penance and all that I m actually pretty religious myself, but every time Isabel wrote about her sins I went all Come on, girl, you re just going to make yourself depressed Even one of Isabel s friends has this complaint Over time this fades, though, especially when the princess begins making her own plans towards claiming the throne There are beautiful descriptions of Spanish culture, and a lot of scenes are genuinely very touching The madness of the Queen Mother is super sad There s another event that made me want to cry, but I won t spoil it here.
That s where the positives end, though Isabel s bias against the Jews is pretty disturbing, especially considering what happened during her reign something mentioned in the epilouge I m not sure if it actually existed in real life, but her relationship with her Jewish friend, while well written and nuanced, made her seem like a hypocrite I also felt that there was a Madonna Whore contrast between Queen Juana and the rest of the ever so chaste female characters, which bugged me as well Overall, the emotional depth in this book was good enough for me to manage to give it 3 5 stars.


I was really interested in reading this book because I wanted to read about royalty from Spain or, rather, at the time, it was the kingdoms of Leon and Castile, Aragon, and Granada Maybe some others too, but those are the ones I remember All I knew about Isabel is that she is particularly famous for helping Christopher Columbus plans on traveling to the Americas This is a middle school book, but perfect for my purpose of wanting an introduction to Isabel Also, I adore the Royal Diaries series, lots of good middle school memories I never read this one when I was a kid though, this is my first read through.
Isabel starts off as 13 or 14 years old in this book Her father died a while back, and currently, the kingdom is split between her two brothers Enrique, her older half brother and Alfonso, her younger, full blooded brother Isabel is caught in the middle between her warring brothers, but tries her best to stay neutral She is currently staying with Enrique, who is keen to marry Isabel off to someone for political advantage With some good luck, Isabel manages to avoid being wed off to some much older, ugly and cruel men She hears about the Prince of Aragon, Fernando, the only royal who is actually around her age She hears that he is handsome and kind With her brother trying to push her into marriage, Isabel tries to convince him that she should marry Fernando Her brother Enrique breaks promise after promise, however, and in the end, Isabel has to take matters into her own hands.
I feel that this is definitely one of the best Royal Diaries books I ve read Some of the other ones have pretty skimpy and weak plots, but this one on Isabel felt interesting, consistent and well done Isabel is not merely a passive character in this story, describing events as they unfold which is what I felt some of the other books in this series sometimes do She is actually a true part of the story, and initiates events on her own I had no previous knowledge as to the politics of the Spanish peninsula during this time period, so everything that happened was fresh and new to me I suspect if you had actual knowledge about Isabel and her time period, it might not be as surprising and it might feel kind of predictable I had no idea what to expect though, so it was all new and wonderful knowledge to me.
Isabel herself is portrayed as a religious young woman who tries to push for peace and harmony She does not like her brothers fighting, as it splits the entire family up and means civil war in their kingdom However, she is definitely not a passive little mouse She wants to take her destiny into her own hands She didn t want to marry the old men Enrique wanted to set her up with, so she secretly pushed her own agenda with some outside help, of course to try to marry the Prince of Aragon Pretty admirable in that time period, when women had to obey men, and Enrique was also king If you enjoy the Royal Diaries series, this is definitely a must read Well written, well plotted, and for those like me with no historical knowledge on Isabel, very fascinating I ve never been interested in Spanish history before but then I heard about C.
W Gortner s book about Juana la Loca and I felt I need some simple back story and was lucky enough to have this book in my library I didn t realize how long Spain was at war with itself The strife lasted for quite some time so to think about Isabel and her husband Fernando bringing both Castilla and Aragon together, despite what happens during the Inquisition, is really amazing This book focused on Isabel from 1466 to 1468 A couple years prior to her rise to the thrown She is used much like a pawn in chess between her brothers and then again between her brother Enrique and the rebel faction that wanted him off the thrown If Isabel hadn t been so headstrong she probably wouldn t have ended up with Fernando and wouldn t have gotten out from under King Enrique s thumb It was also nice to read about the relationship between Isabel and her ladies They were so loyal to her, in a time when that was quite uncommon.
Isabel was one of the few royal women who was actually able to have a partnership and equal ruling power with her husband She was politically savvy, clever and incredibly brave This story shows how she had to be intelligent in order to claim her throne at a very young age This one shows her childhood up to when she married Fernando and how she managed to work with her elder brother Enrique.
This is a well written book, but I found it boring.
Second installment in this series that I read in 2018 Book 3 in my Reading Challenge.
The first few pages in the book set a pretty dimsal tone Not just because of the political difficulties of Isabel s situation, but because of how strict Isabel is over confession and penance and all that I m actually pretty religious myself, but every time Isabel wrote about her sins I went all Come on, girl, you re just going to make yourself depressed Even one of Isabel s friends has this complaint Over time this fades, though, especially when the princess begins making her own plans towards claiming the throne There are beautiful descriptions of Spanish culture, and a lot of scenes are genuinely very touching The madness of the Queen Mother is super sad There s another event that made me want to cry, but I won t spoil it here.
That s where the positives end, though Isabel s bias against the Jews is pretty disturbing, especially considering what happened during her reign something mentioned in the epilouge I m not sure if it actually existed in real life, but her relationship with her Jewish friend, while well written and nuanced, made her seem like a hypocrite I also felt that there was a Madonna Whore contrast between Queen Juana and the rest of the ever so chaste female characters, which bugged me as well Overall, the emotional depth in this book was good enough for me to manage to give it 3 5 stars.