Reign of Madness (Hardcover)

By Lynn Cullen

Putnam Adult, 9780399157097, 448pp.

Publication Date: August 4, 2011

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Description

From the author of "The Creation of Eve" comes a tale of love 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. Yet stories of courtly love, and of her parents' own legendary romance, surround her. 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 what begins like a fairy tale ends quite differently.

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. Who is to be believed? The King, beloved by his subjects? Or the Queen, unseen and unknown by her people?

One of the greatest cautionary tales in Spanish history comes to life as Lynn Cullen explores the controversial reign of Juana of Castile-also known as Juana the Mad. Sweeping, page-turning, and wholly entertaining, "Reign of Madness" is historical fiction at its richly satisfying best.



About the Author

Lynn Cullen is the author of "Reign of Madness "which was added to the Best in the South selection by "The Atlanta Journal-Constitution" and nominated for the Townsend Prize for fiction. Her previous novel"The Creation of Eve," was named among the best fiction books of 2010 by "The Atlanta Journal-Constitution" and an April 2010 Indie Next Pick. She is also the author of numerous award-winning books for children, including the young adult novel "I Am Rembrandt s Daughter," which was a 2007 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and an ALA Best Book of 2008. An avid traveler and historian, Cullen lives in Atlanta."
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