Reign of Madness by Lynn Cullen

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From the author of The Creation of Eve, “an intoxicating tale of love, betrayal and redemption,”* comes a novel of passion 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. 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 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. Locked away in a palace and unseen by her people for the next forty-six years, Juana of Castile begins one of the most controversial reigns in Spanish history, one that earned her the title of Juana the Mad.
 
*The Washington Post

A Best of the South 2011 selection by Atlanta Journal Constitution

 

About Lynn Cullen

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LYNN CULLEN is the author of the critically praised novel The Creation of Eve, which was an IndieNext pick and was named the Best Historical Novel of 2010 by Atlanta magazine, as well as many acclaimed books for children. She lives with her husband in Atlanta, where she is at work on her next novel.
 
Published August 4, 2011 by Berkley. 449 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But Philippe, by spreading rumors of her mental instability (due, he self-servingly claims, to excessive love for him, despite the fact that their marital relations are now mostly forced), manages to impugn Juana’s competence enough to elevate his own rank from King-consort to King.

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On a return to Spain, Juana reconnects with lost love Diego Colon, a man she desires far more than Phillipe, whose manipulations of her grow in intensity over time, and who even convinces Juana's father, Ferdinand, of her madness.

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Examiner

... This destroys Juana's image of her father forever. ... Never as a reader do you believe that Juana is crazy or mentally unstable, instead you are ...

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Book Reporter

Juana of Castile is a young girl at the Spanish court, secure in the fact that she will never inherit the crown, as well as in her parents’ marriage and love for one another.

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BellaOnline

The Queen's letters are not given to Juana nor are Juana's letters sent to her mother.

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