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EPUB ✓ MOBI The Spanish Bridegroom í 9780399107610 FREE Ò JEAN PLAIDY ↠ To restore the power of Spain and bring England bak to the iron embrace of Holy Church the young Phillip agrees to marry Mary Tudor Set against the glittering courts of sixteenth century Europe the Spain of the dL novel traces the story of Phillip II and of the women who came to know this cold blooded monster only as a devoted father and sensual lover Really enjoyed reading this book This book really got me back to physically reading and I am glad I read it There were obviously many aspects of the book in terms of plot line that I did find annoying even if true but overall a solid book

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St the glittering courts of sixteenth century Europe the Spain of the dreaded Inuisition and the tortured England of Bloody Mary this powerfu I just finished reading this novel which is in my library system about the wives of Philip II of Spain including Mary Tudor Elizabeth I's elder sister and their brief marriage where Mary as ueen tried so hard to have a child with Philip This is an engrossing read I enjoy Jean Plaidy's novels and wanted to recommend this one to you

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The Spanish BridegroomTo restore the power of Spain and bring England bak to the iron embrace of Holy Church the young Phillip agrees to marry Mary Tudor Set again King Phillip II of Spain is one of the fascinating characters in history In this novel Jean Plaidy a popular writer of historical fiction in Britain in the 1950s and 60s takes on Phillip's life in one of the most disappointing attempts at historical fiction that I have ever read The book reads like a bad and humorless romance novel set in a prior era only the history in The Spanish Bridegroom is almost as bad as the plot and characters in the bookThe Spain of Phillip II was a vibrant and exciting place Phillip's reign formed the start of what historians have called the Siglo de Oro or the Golden Century of Spanish culture It was a century of the flowering of art literature and music within Spain Phillip presided over the pinnacle of Spanish power with Spanish colonies expanding on every known continent at the time so much so that the phrase the sun does not set on it was originally coined to refer to Phillip's empire rather than the British empire Even with regard to the Church Phillip's reign saw a flowering of Catholic spirituality with Carmelites in Spain like St Theresa of Avila and St John of the Cross reforming Catholic devotion the newly founded Jesuit order experiencing explosive growth and bringing the Gospel to every continent and the Council of Trent halting the advance of the Protestant Reformation and even turning some Protestant areas back to the Catholic faithYou will find none of this in The Spanish Bridegroom Jean Plaidy shares in the unfortunate tendency of English authors to stereotype the Spain of the Siglo de Oro into a haven for ignorance and religious fanaticism But Plaidy goes beyond the stereotyping to embrace a complete revulsion for the Spanish people and the Catholic faith It's always an ugly thing to witness an author who has nothing but comtempt for the subjects of her novels For me reading The Spanish Bridegroom was sort of like reading a novel about Benjamin Disreali that was written by a Nazi or reading a novel about Barack Obama that was written by the Grand Dragon of the Klu Klux Klan For Plaidy there was only one overriding reality in Spanish society during Phillip's reign and that is the Inuisition Plaidy is infatuated with the Inuisition bringing it up in almost every paragraph of the book Ironically the Spanish Inuisition reached its pinnacle several decades before Phillip took the throne The main victims of the Inuisition Catholic converts of Jewish and Muslim descent are not mentioned at all in Plaidy's voluminous comments about the Inuisition Instead Plaidy characterizes the Inuisition as a sort of secret police which stole random people from their homes in the middle of the night tortured them until they confessed to some type of heresy and then burned them at the stake in a great public spectacle While the Spanish Inuisition was an unfortunate reality in the time of Phillip by this time it was of an occasional sideshow with very few executions and lots of people doing public penances or being burned at the stake in effigy But for Plaidy the Inuisition is the defining characteristic of Spanish society with nothing else to really speak ofPlaidy's storyline really centers around Phillip's three marriages; the first to the princess of Portugal the second was Mary Tudor or Bloody Mary ueen of England and the third was to Elizabeth princess of France For Plaidy there are really only two kinds of characters the insane and the pathetic Plaidy's insane characters are all members of the Spanish royal family In discussing the insanity of Spain's royals Plaidy indulges page after page in their fantasies about torturing animals burning their family members in bed and engaging in other acts of cruelty and torture Plaidy is not shy about attributing these characteristics to the Catholic faith of the insane individual The pathetic characters are Phillip's wives who are invariably incapable of thinking with low self esteem and a blind acceptance of the horrible reality that Plaidy describes as their milieu Phillip himself is the most confusing character of all At one time he is a passionate romantic while at other times he is a hopeless philanderer Here he is a religious fanatic who cares about nothing except supporting the Inuisition while there he is plotting military misadventures against other Catholic monarchs One never really gets to know Plaidy's Phillip except through the contradictory characterizations that he creates for him at various points in the story In the end there really is no point at all to this story except for Plaidy's overall thesis that Catholic Spain was a horrible cancer on the face of Europe that thankfully was not allow to growThe interesting part of all this is that there was plenty of great material in the life of Phillip II that could have made a compelling novel Phillip's hopeless wars against the French and his attempt to restore Catholicism to England are only slightly touched upon by Plaidy The Dutch revolt against Phillip and the enormous military misadventure of the Spanish Armada are hardly even mentioned That's too bad because these events were some of the most compelling aspects of European history in the late 16th Century Again with Plaidy's obsession with the Inuisition she obviously has no idea that these events are important or compellingIf you have an interest in Habsburg Europe or the Spanish Empire in the Golden Age I would really recommend that you look elsewhere for a good novel about them This one is a real loser