Reign of Madness

One of the most famous—and controversial—figures in all of Spanish history was Juana de Castile, also known as Juana the Mad. As the third child of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain, Juana never should have been queen. After her parents’ rule, the line of succession was to pass first to Juana’s brother and his children, then to her sister and her children. However, fate had other plans for Juana. She would indeed become queen, but would also be the victim of a series of betrayals from those she loved most. Ultimately, she would be imprisoned for the majority of her life and kept from power due to her alleged and highly questioned insanity. In Reign of Madness (G.P. Putnam’s Sons; August 4, 2011; $25.95), critically acclaimed author Lynn Cullen sets out to solve a great historical mystery surrounding Juana’s sanity, while creating another richly imagined historical novel based on actual events.

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