A Spanish Hapsburg Trilogy is now available at Amazon España


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Linda had a lifelong passion for history and historical fiction but writing as a second career was never planned or sought. But a five week independent tour of Spain in 1988 was a life-changing event.
She has published historical fiction about the descendants of Spain's Ferdinand and Isabella in The United Kingdom, Portugal and Brazil.
"That Other Juana" (Juana la Loca) "A Matter of Pride" (Charles V, HRE)"Wives & Other Women" (Philip II of Spain).

That Other Juana (Queen Juana I of Spain) Juana la Loca
Juana founded the Hapsburg dynasties of Spain and Austria but her life was ruined by three men: her husband a blatant womaniser and political schemer; her father who betrayed and isolated her; and her son who imprisoned her for a further thirty years. Her spirited resistance to this lifetime of barbaric persecution earned her, unfairly, the infamous nickname Juana la Loca, Joan the Mad.
REVIEW
“Esta novela es la historia de la apasionante y tortuosa vida de Juana de España, más conocida por el injusto sobrenombre de Juana la Loca. La novella narra la vida de Juana desde el momento de su partida a Flandes para contraer matramonio con Felipe el Hermoso, hasta el final de sus días, sola, abandonado y traicionada por sus seres más queridos, en el palacio de Tordesillas.
Una narración cargada de aventura, amor, desamor, infidelidades, traiciones y oscuras alianzas.
La ambientación es perfecta, el languaje elegante y añoso sin consesiones a un exceso de retórico, como un paño desvaído por el paso del tiempo.
Pero lo más notable de esta historia es acaso la nítidad y escalofriante descriptóin del character, el temperamento y la psicología de Juana: una mujer de inteligencia desbordante, dotada de ideas propias e insólitas en su época, incapaz de dominar sus emociones, fiel de sus particulares principios éticos, arrojada y valiente, sincera en exceso y también en exceso confiada, de corozón puro y noble, de limpios e inquebrantables sentimientos.”
Catalina Martínez Muñoz, ACE, Madrid

The books are connected (mother, son, grandson) but each book can be read separately.
The other books of the trilogy:
A Matter of Pride (Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor)
In 1557 a prematurely aged, ill, and very irritable Charles V retires to a secluded monastery in western Spain. He brings memories of past loves, years in power, and military campaigns. A wonderful story: sometimes sad, at other times very funny.
Wives & Other Women (Philip II of Spain)
At a time when kings were expected to produce male heirs Philip embarked on several dynastic marriages but was always disappointed and frustrated.
The story focuses on these loveless marriages — and his compulsive pursuit of other women. With a background of family turmoil and a court plagued by intrigue and treachery, the result is a fascinating and very lively story.

The first two books of the trilogy - That Other Juana, (Joana, a Louca) and A Matter of Pride (Uma Questão de Orgulho) - have recently been published in Portugal.
Joana, a Louca has also been published in Brazil.

All Linda Carlino’s Kindle Books are now available in the USA and Europe from Amazon.


Linda Carlino
Linda had a lifelong passion for history and historical fiction but writing as a second career was never planned or sought. But a five week independent tour of Spain in 1988 was a life-changing event. She has published historical fiction about the descendants of Spain's Ferdinand and Isabella in The United Kingdom, Portugal and Brazil. "That Other Juana" (Juana la Loca) "A Matter of Pride" (Charles V, HRE)"Wives & Other Women" (Philip II of Spain).