The Spanish Match

The Spanish Match

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Murder, mayhem, and religion fustrate the royal courtship that, through love, seeks to make peace between warring enemies England and Spain: A novel based on actual events. In 1623 Charles, heir to the throne of England, dons a disguise, crosses the Channel, rides horseback across France, and sneaks into Madrid, capital of England's proud Catholic enemy, Spain. His mission? To woo the lovely Maria, sister of the King of Spain, and accomplish by marriage what decades of war have failed to do: reconcile the two embittered nations. Once Charles and Maria meet, neither palace intrigues nor bloody murders cool their growing attraction. One thing alone prevents their union: Maria's Catholic Faith . . . which she will not abandon and England cannot abide. Yes, Charles's marriage to Catholic Maria would briefy unite the kingdoms, but could soon destroy the monarchy. Outraged at the prospect of a Catholic queen, Charles's Puritan subjects are sure to rise up and take from him not only his throne, but even his life . . . and Maria's . . . plunging Europe into warfare greater than any seen before. From detailed records of this actual love's gambit author Brennan Pursell has crafted a moving novel of faith, courage, danger, and hope, a tale in which the fate of nations hangs on the love of two young people: Prince Charles of England and Princess Maria of Spain.a€œThe King of Spain has no privacy but in his silence. ... I knowa€”I could say to the prince, a#39;That will be all, a#39; and send him and his fellows back to their island, or I could send a message to the Pope, saying, a#39;All will be well, a#39; and hand you over ... a€œConsulting with his father, I suspect, a€ Philip answered quietly, without looking at her, a€œto see how much he is willing to sign away. ... will it take to receive an answer?

Title:The Spanish Match
Author:Brennan Pursell
Publisher:Sophia Institute Press - 2011


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