The Alhambra palace in Granada, Spain
I recently read an awesome book set in Spain which was the inspiration for this post. I haven't read a lot of works of historical fiction set in Spain but the ones I have read are really good. Here is what I recommend for those interested in reading about Spain's history.
The Queen's Vow by C.W. Gortner-Gortner's books are excellent and this one focuses on Isabel of Castile's youth and rise to power.
By Fire, By Water by Mitchell James Kaplan-This book found me and I am so glad it did. It takes place in Spain during the Inquisition and is an absolutely wonderful story. I highly recommend it!
The Inquisitor's Wife by Jeanne Kalogridis - While this is another book about the Inquisition, it is a very different story than By Fire, By Water. This is the book that made me want to do to a list about Spain.
The Last Queen by C.W. Gortner-Another Gortner book but this one is about Isabel's sister Juana. I have read a couple of books about Juana's life and this one is by far my favorite. Juana is a fascinating historical figure and this is a great read whether or not you are interested in Spanish history.
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway - I read this book in high school and I still remember how much I loved it. It takes place during the Spanish Civil War and is a wonderful work of literature.
These are all of the books I could remember loving that were set in Spain. Have you read any of these? Are there any books you think I missed?