Book 1 in the Katherine of Aragon Story
Doña Beatriz Galindo. Respected scholar. Tutor to royalty. Friend and advisor to Queen Isabel of Castile.
Beatriz is an uneasy witness to the Holy War of Queen Isabel and her husband, Ferdinand, King of Aragon. A Holy War seeing the Moors pushed out of territories ruled by them for centuries.
The road for women is a hard one. Beatriz must tutor the queen’s youngest child, Catalina, and equip her for a very different future life. She must teach her how to survive exile, an existence outside the protection of her mother. She must prepare Catalina to be England’s queen.
A tale of mothers and daughters, power, intrigue, death, love, and redemption. In the end, Falling Pomegranate Seeds sings a song of friendship and life.
You may remember History of Royal Women hosted Wendy J. Dunn’s book on a booktour a while ago. I also received a copy to review and here it is!
Although I expected Falling Pomegranate to focus more on Catherine of Aragon herself, she has mainly a supporting role throughout the book as it lays the basis for her youth. Beatriz Galindo is the main person and she also really existed. She taught both Queen Isabella I of Castile and her children. I had to get used to the narrative at first as Beatriz spends much time on the outside of the events but once you’re in you’re in. I really enjoyed Wendy’s style of writing and I am looking forward to the rest of the series!