Lavish historical fiction for fans of Philippa Gregory, from C.W. Gortner, author of THE LAST QUEEN.
A compelling novel which reimagines the early years of one of history's most notorious queens in all their passion, treachery and bloodshed. Isabella was the notorious warrior-queen who, along with her husband Ferdinand, transformed Spain forever. Popular belief has her as a religious fanatic persuaded into the horrific excesses of the Inquisition by her confessor, Torquemada; but C.W. Gortner paints a picture of her early life, showing us a headstrong, passionate girl who grew into the most powerful queen Spain ever knew and whose vision and imagination allowed Columbus to discover America.
A fascinating tale of young Elizabeth in danger at her sister's court. Fast-paced and exciting, with beautifully researched historical details and a most engaging hero, this story is so vivid you feel you are there! - Diana Gabaldon
The Tudor Conspiracy weaves a suspenseful, tangled skein of intrigue. It is a vibrant historical mystery and crime-thriller with an A-list cast of characters. Here are Elizabeth Tudor and her Robert Dudley in a light you've seldom seen them. - Margaret George, author of Elizabeth I
The story is a rich, sweeping epic, with an expressive, engaging narrative that completely immerses the reader . . . this absorbing novel gives a fresh perspective on historical events by telling the story from an original and very personal point of view. - thebookbag.co.uk
Gortner has again produced a richly detailed book that is hard to put down. - Historical Novels Review
Alison Weir and Philippa Gregory fans will devour this smashing fictional biography. - Booklist on THE CONFESSIONS OF CATHERINE DE MEDICI
Disturbing royal secrets and court manipulations wickedly twist this enthralling story, brilliantly told. - Publishers Weekly on THE LAST QUEEN
Compelling... a riveting blend of passion, power and betrayal. - Inside Soap on THE CONFESSIONS OF CATHERINE DE MEDICI
Well researched . . . Entirely convincing . . . a fascinating read about Spanish history and this rather controversial queen. - sixtyplusurfers.co.uk
C.W. Gortner is half-Spanish by birth and spent his formative years in southern Spain, where his lifelong fascination with history began. He is author of THE LAST QUEEN, THE CONFESSIONS OF CATHERINE DE MEDICI, THE QUEEN'S VOW and, writing as Christopher Gortner, THE TUDOR SECRET. His books have garnered international acclaim and been translated into fourteen languages to date. He divides his time between Northern California and Antigua, Guatemala. He welcomes visitors at: www.cwgortner.com.