In his vividly imagined novel C.W. Gortner reveals the dangerous youth and dramatic early reign of the woman no one believed would be queen. Young Isabella treads a perilous path, torn between loyalties, until at age seventeen she suddenly finds herself heiress of Castile, the largest kingdom in Spain. Plunged into a deadly conflict to secure her crown, she is determined to wed the one man whom she has vowed to love yet is forbidden to her—Fernando, prince of Aragón. As they unite their two realms, Isabella and Fernando face an impoverished Spain beset by enemies. From the glorious palaces of Segovia to the battlefields of Granada and intrigue-laden gardens of Seville, The Queen’s Vow sweeps us into the tumultuous forging of a nation and brings Isabella’s world of faith, bloodshed, romance, and betrayal to powerful life.
Enjoy tapas, Spanish wine and Flamenco music in the café to culminate out season finale.
C. W. GORTNER, half Spanish by birth, holds an MFA in writing, with an emphasis on historical studies, from the New College of California and has taught university courses on women of power in the Renaissance. He is the author of The Last Queen and Confessions of Catherine de Medici, as well as The Tudor Secret, a mystery novel set in Elizabethan England. Gortner was raised in Malaga, Spain, and now lives in San Francisco.
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Mechanics' Institute Library & Chess Room
The Mechanics' Institute Library and Chess Room is an historic membership library, cultural event center, and chess club located in the Financial District of San Francisco, California at 57 Post Street. Founded in 1854 to serve the vocational needs of out-of-work gold miners, the Institute today is a favorite of avid readers, writers, downtown employees, students, film lovers, chess players, and the 21st century nomadic worker who needs a quiet place to plug in a laptop and do research.