A Matter of Pride (Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor)

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9780955598012: A Matter of Pride (Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor)

The novel, which will evoke as many laughs as tears, begins in 1557 when a prematurely aged, ill, and very irritable Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, (Carlos I of Spain and always known as Carlos), retires to a small isolated monastery in western Spain. He has brought with him memories of his past loves, his years in power, and his many military campaigns, most of them failures, and his delusions that his disastrous dynastic arranged marriages for all his family have been strokes of sheer genius. Among his few specially chosen companions is his outspoken major domo, who has been his lifelong aide and confidant. He knows Carlos better than Carlos knows himself and, uniquely, he is allowed total freedom to speak his mind, no matter what. The result is often very funny. With the other members of his household revealing tragicomic anecdotes from his past and the unremitting critical yet supposedly objective observations of an all-knowing narrator we see a warts and all picture of a ruler often called the greatest Holy Roman Emperor since Charlemagne. But was he? Or was he just a blustering, bumbling, egotistical, ultimately very humane, loving and lovable, ordinary, generous man; Barbara thought so.

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Linda was born in a small mining village at the southern edge of the Durham coalfield in the Northeast of England. She had a lifelong passion for history and historical fiction and a five week independent tour of Spain in 1988 was a life-changing event. She became interested in Spain’s history. She wanted to know more, much more. She studied Spanish and then started reading Spanish sources. Many exciting days were to follow in the Biblioteca Nacional in Madrid, other public and private libraries in Spain, and the British Library in London. During 2007-08 VeritasPublishing published her Spanish Hapsburg Trilogy: That Other Juana. (Juana la Loca). A Matter of Pride (Charles V, HRE) and Wives & Other Women (Philip II of Spain). In 2009 That Other Juana (Joana, a Louca) was published in Portugal by Editorial Presença and in January 2012 it published A Matter of Pride (Uma Questão de Orgulho). In February 2012 Joana, a Louca.was published in Brazil by Editora Europa (Sao Paulo) and in September of 2013 they published Carlos V.

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A Matter Of Pride by Linda Carlino (VeritasPublishing) Linda Carlino spent years painstakingly researching the Spanish monarchy for her second novel. Jim McTaggart takes a look CARLOS I, who was crowned King of Spain at the age of 17, became the most powerful figure in Europe as an aggressive warlord and Holy Roman Emperor. She starts this tale as Carlos settles into a remote monastery after his abdication in 1557, at the age of 56. She flits back to episodes of his life through conversations involving him and his long-suffering servants. By this time the former monarch is most unlike an emperor: stooped and worn, his body is "witness to years of over-indulgence in food and drink". He had lost most of his teeth and the sight of him eating was offensive to the eye and stomach. Food was sloshed and squashed about in his mouth before being sluiced down his throat with a good swilling of wine or beer. "As you can imagine," murmurs the narrator, "he prefers to dine alone, and his companions are more than happy when he does." Carlos suffered from gout and other ailments, so he had to be carried around in a chair and continually washed and pampered with vinegar bandages. Ointment had to be applied in a way that doesn't bear thinking about. But surely he was once a great leader? Er, no. He ruled with an iron fist, but Spanish blood and treasure were squandered on his hopeless ventures. Spain ended up bankrupt, in debt to the tune of seven million gold ducados. Well, perhaps he was especially kind to his mother? No, again. He treated Queen Juana with the utmost cruelty, keeping her locked away for many years. Some historians have taken a more sympathetic view of him and his deeds during a tempestuous era in which Europe was divided by continuous feuds, with Spain heavily involved, but Carlino's Carlos is a brutal and greedy tyrant. What motivated Carlos? Was it pride in his country, empire, the Catholic faith, himself or the Hapsburg dynasty to which he belonged? Carlino's narrator leaves it to the reader to decide. --J. McTaggart

I have just finished Linda Carlino s latest book A Matter of Pride. From the title to the last full stop it is an enthralling read! Although I m here on my own I give her three cheers - and loud ones at that! Well done! I am very impressed with her use of an all-knowing narrator. From the very start he brings you right into the story with a warm personal welcome, offering a few revealing and intimate details so almost immediately I felt I was one of the characters in the novel. It is a story that at times is sad, at others very funny. I didn t want it to end. It is an accomplished performance and a wonderful follow up to her first historical novel That Other Juana. --Alain Tomas

This is a wonderful book; a story successfully combining historical accuracy with masses of fiction. The generally accepted imposing figure of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor: king, general, lawmaker, and the defender of Christendom is shown here to be a man of faults and failings, of generosity and tenderness, of passions and regrets, all in equal measure and always to excess. This Charles is revealed through his everyday dealings with those around him and, more interestingly, by the author s use of a unique and amusing narrator who gossips regularly with us highlighting the emperor s reactions, usually intolerant and immoderate, both towards his family and to events in the empire. Even at the story s moving close this all-seeing, all-knowing, all-telling narrator leaves us still pondering, who really was this greatest emperor since Charlemagne ? --J. Sanmarti

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Descripción VeritasPublishing. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Paperback. 358 pages. Brief synopsisA Matter of Pride(Charles V, HRE)From the very start the all-knowing narrator brings you right into the story with a warm personal welcome, offering a few revealing and intimate details so almost immediately the reader feels like one of the characters in the novel. It is a story which is at times very sad, at others very funny. In 1557 a prematurely aged, ill, and very irritable and grumbling Charles V, HRE, (Carlos I of Spain) retires to an isolated monastery in western Spain accompanied by his lifelong friend now his major-domo, his secretary, his doctor, and a few servants. He suffers from chronic painful gout, crippling arthritis and excruciatingly painful piles. He has to be carried around in a chair and continually washed and pampered with vinegar bandages. He has lost most of his teeth and the sight of him eating was offensive to the eye and stomach. Food is sloshed and squashed about in his mouth before being sluiced down his throat with a good swilling of wine or beer. As you can imagine, murmurs the narrator, he prefers to dine alone, and his companions are more than happy when he does. Through his staff and servants and by the authors clever use of her all-knowing and very amusing narrator who gossips regularly with us we learn much more about Carlos and we begin to wonder whether this querulous, beer-swilling, belching gourmand, womaniser and egotist could possibly have been a great emperor. His temper rages at the bastard merchants, who had refused him gold and are to be taught a lesson on the rack, as well as at the son of a whore in the choir who is singing off key. He views himself as a great victorious military leader, the conquering hero on his black stallion, and descends into child-like rage when reminded of his failures. He is pitiless and intolerant: he had his mother, Queen Juana, imprisoned for forty years; he refers to Pope Paul as the duplicitous bastard; he has trained his parrot to screech incestuous bastard whenever Luthers name is mentioned and his response to suspected heresy is ruthless - no trials, just severe punishment for the guilty, or innocent. But from time to time there are glimpses of a loving, sensitive, and sympathetic Carlos. At times he lavishes gifts and rewards on friends and servants, and when a distressed widow with her beautiful young daughter Barbara appeared at his court begging for help so began a lasting and very generous relationship. And it was with Barbara that Carlos, a lonely widower, found a new love. She brought him romance, passion, tender loving care, which he would remember for the rest of his days, and bore him a child upon whom he can, secretly, lavish his affection. Carlos is shown to be a man of weaknesses and strengths, meanness and generosity, brutality and tenderness, passions and regrets, all in equal measure and always to excess. Even at the storys moving close this all-seeing, all-knowing, all-telling narrator leaves us still pondering, who really was this greatest emperor since Charlemagne(109, 000 words) This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Nº de ref. de la librería 9780955598012

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