Scenes appear all the more real rather than romantic. Of the many memorable scenes in this book, one that struck me was the grim depiction of the last days in the Alhambra palace before the moors were vanquished. After years in Spain, the sense of loss and despair from the Moorish camp is palpable.
Mar 13, Larry B Gray rated it it was amazing. The story revolves around a young girl who is kidnapped because of her Jewish heritage. The author did a great job of developing each of the main characters in the story.
They were very believable and easy to identify with. I love reading a book where you could almost smell the smells and hear the horse as the story goes along.
The author did an excellent job of weaving a complex tale with several storylines. It was easy to follow along and not get lost with each twist and turn in the various storylines. I especially like being able to put myself into story. Dec 28, Dakota Douglas rated it it was amazing.
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Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand are on the throne and are waged in war with Grenada, which has been under Islamic Moors rule for years. The story is set against the dark and cruel backdrop of The Inquisition and their Majesties' passion to reunite Spain under Catholic rule at all costs, even if it means ousting all Moors and Jews. Ms Gafni weaves a credible story, bringing this turbulent time to life with real and imagined characters caught up in a period blighted by religious persecution and political ambition.
Among those are Isabella, a Spanish woman born into the privileged classes, and Christopher Columbus, desperate to persuade the king and queen to support his oceanic exploration. The author does an excellent job in bringing all the threads of her story lines together, hooking the reader and urging them on to the next chapter.
This is historical fiction at its best. Oct 25, Joan rated it it was amazing. This historical novel covers a host of characters during a very turbulent time. It takes place in the mid to late 's. It's not something I would usually pick up to read, but this book grabbed me from the beginning.
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It gave me insight into life during that time period: the frustration that Columbus had trying to get funding for his voyage, Jews given the choice of converting or being expelled and life under a king and Queen. Interestingly, the Queen has more power than the king, which was a s This historical novel covers a host of characters during a very turbulent time.
Interestingly, the Queen has more power than the king, which was a surprise to me. Gafni writes beautifully. Her descriptions very powerful. The time, setting and characters are well developed.
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Treat yourself to a rare read. Jul 03, Leo rated it really liked it. I lived in Granada for more than a year. I enjoyed walking to Alhambra castle and the gardens Jardines del Generalife with its beautiful fountains. While living in the island of Puerto Rico I had learned of the Jews of the diaspora in Spanish they called them Safardi.
The author has researched well and gives you a good picture of last part of the Reconquista where King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabela of Castilla expelled not only the Moors but also the Jews from Spain. The setting flows I lived in Granada for more than a year.
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The setting flows from Seville to Catille to Grananda back and forth. The characters were transparent and well defined.
Flower from Castile Trilogy by Lilian Gafni
A very good historical fiction. Feb 11, Rachel rated it liked it Shelves: historical-fiction. Flower from Castile is a complex historical novel set in Spain at the time where Granada was finally conquered, and the Jews were exiled because of the Alhambra decree. The history was really interesting to read about. The plot leaves some answers out, but overall a good novel. I liked the narrative, and that the characters were so well developed.
However, for a page book, the beginning does drag on a bit, but it is a minor detail. I look forward to reading more from Gafni. Note: I recieved Flower from Castile is a complex historical novel set in Spain at the time where Granada was finally conquered, and the Jews were exiled because of the Alhambra decree. Note: I recieved this book for free in exchange for a review. This in no way influenced my review or opinions.
Mar 27, Nancy rated it liked it. I liked many parts of this book, but there were too many stories going on at one time. Weeks and months passed without any real indication of how that happened. It would have helped to put dates on the chapters. I felt the writing varied from really strong to rather average. It was interesting to learn the history during the time of the Spanish Inquisition assuming the research is accurate--I wouldn't know--it seemed to be so.
I'd like to know what happens to the characters in the future books I liked many parts of this book, but there were too many stories going on at one time. I'd like to know what happens to the characters in the future books, but I don't have the patience to slog through them. Oct 27, Keriann McKenna rated it it was amazing. I started reading Flower from Castile Trilogy two days ago and couldn't put it down.
I was impressed with the author's ability to keep so many characters well developed and in their places without confusing the reader. I can imagine the research that went into this book alone, with more to come. I absolutely loved it and I am eagerly awaiting the second book in the Trilogy. Apr 08, Mary rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book and learned so much about the Spanish Inquisition, Christopher Columbus, and Spanish history in general. The only downer to me was that there were so many stories and plots going on at once that I had a hard time keeping up with them.
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As far as historical novels go, it's a great read! This is one of those books I tried through bookbub - all I can say is that at least it wasn't expensive. Couldn't finish it because I thought the dialogue was so poorly written - very stilted and unnatural.
Pity, I usually lve historical fiction. Feb 11, Darlene Williams rated it really liked it. Oct 22, Francine rated it it was amazing. Fascinating account. The Spanish monarchs torture and force the Jews out of the country. Columbus looks for financing to take a new route to the Indies. Treva rated it really liked it Sep 13, Gevene rated it it was amazing Jun 30, Beth rated it it was ok Jan 06, Pocahontas refused at first, sensing something was not right, but finally agreed when Iopassus' wife resorted to tears.
After eating, Pocahontas was taken to the gunner's room to spend the night. In the morning, when the three visitors were ready to disembark, Argall refused to allow Pocahontas to leave the ship. Iopassus and his wife seemed surprised; Argall declared Pocahontas was being held as ransom for the return of stolen weapons and English prisoners held by her father.
Iopassus and his wife left, with a small copper kettle and some other trinkets as a reward for their part in making Pocahontas an English prisoner. After her capture, Pocahontas was brought to Jamestown. Eventually, she was probably taken to Henrico, a small English settlement near present-day Richmond. Powhatan, informed of his daughter's capture and ransom cost, agreed to many of the English demands immediately, to open negotiations. In the meantime, Pocahontas was put under the charge of Reverend Alexander Whitaker, who lived at Henrico.
She learned the English language, religion and customs. While not all was strange to Pocahontas, it was vastly different than the Powhatan world. During her religious instruction, Pocahontas met widower John Rolfe, who would become famous for introducing the cash crop tobacco to the settlers in Virginia. By all English accounts, the two fell in love and wanted to marry.
Perhaps, once Pocahontas was kidnapped, Kocoum, her first husband, realized divorce was inevitable there was a form of divorce in Powhatan society.