Friday, May 24, 2013

If You Want to Read About...Spain

 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? 


  1. The Alhambra is a place I have wanted to go to for a really long time. I never knew much else about Spain, but I knew that place. I finally got a chance a couple of years ago and I immediately fell in love with the country.
    This is a great list of books and certainly worth checking into as I have never read any books set in Spain.
    Thanks for the recommendations!

    Tammy @ Bo's Book Nook

  2. Honored to be in such wonderful company.


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