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In the Palace of the King A Love Story of Old Madrid   By: (1854-1909)

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In the Palace of the King A Love Story of Old Madrid by F. Marion Crawford takes readers on a captivating journey back in time to the grandeur and opulence of Old Madrid. Set against the backdrop of political upheaval and passionate romance, this historical novel effortlessly transports readers to a bygone era.

The story revolves around the extraordinary bond between an Englishman, Don John Harrington, and a beautiful Spanish woman, the Infanta. As they navigate the treacherous waters of politics, religion, and societal expectations, their love becomes the driving force behind their actions and decisions.

Crawford's meticulous attention to detail brings the sights, sounds, and smells of Old Madrid to life. With his vivid descriptions of the royal palace, bustling markets, and vibrant streets, readers are immersed in a rich tapestry of Spanish culture and tradition. The author's ability to capture the atmosphere of the era is truly commendable.

One notable aspect of the book is the extensive research undertaken by the author. Crawford weaves real historical events seamlessly into the narrative, making this historical fiction feel authentic and realistic. From the Spanish Inquisition to the fall of the monarchy, the novel provides a well-rounded understanding of the political and social climate of the time.

The characters in the book are wonderfully developed, each possessing their own strengths, flaws, and personal battles. Don John Harrington is a relatable and likable protagonist, grappling with his love for the Infanta while facing conflicting loyalties. The Infanta, on the other hand, embodies grace, resilience, and an unyielding determination to fight for her love and her country.

The romantic element of the story is beautifully portrayed. Crawford artfully captures the emotional depth and intensity of love, allowing readers to feel the characters' longing, joy, heartache, and sacrifice. The author's prose is elegant, lyrical, and rich with emotions, making the love story feel authentic and engaging.

While the book primarily focuses on the romance between the two main characters, it also delves into themes of faith, loyalty, and sacrifice. The exploration of religious tensions during the time adds another layer of complexity to the narrative, creating a sense of urgency and suspense throughout the story.

In the Palace of the King A Love Story of Old Madrid is a captivating historical romance that transports readers to a vividly portrayed world. F. Marion Crawford’s masterful storytelling, his attention to detail, and his ability to craft compelling characters make this book an enthralling read. Whether you are a fan of historical fiction or simply love a well-written love story, this novel is sure to captivate and leave a lasting impression.

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IN THE PALACE OF THE KING

A LOVE STORY OF OLD MADRID

BY F. MARION CRAWFORD

1900

To my old friend GEORGE P. BRETT

New York, October, 1906

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I CHAPTER II CHAPTER III CHAPTER IV CHAPTER V CHAPTER VI CHAPTER VII CHAPTER VIII CHAPTER IX CHAPTER X CHAPTER XI CHAPTER XII CHAPTER XIII CHAPTER XIV CHAPTER XV CHAPTER XVI CHAPTER XVII CHAPTER XVIII CHAPTER XIX CHAPTER XX

CHAPTER I

Two young girls sat in a high though very narrow room of the old Moorish palace to which King Philip the Second had brought his court when he finally made Madrid his capital. It was in the month of November, in the afternoon, and the light was cold and grey, for the two tall windows looked due north, and a fine rain had been falling all the morning. The stones in the court were drying now, in patches, but the sky was like a smooth vault of cast lead, closing over the city that lay to the northward, dark, wet and still, as if its life had shrunk down under ground, away from the bitter air and the penetrating damp.

The room was scantily furnished, but the few objects it contained, the carved table, the high backed chairs and the chiselled bronze brazier, bore the stamp of the time when art had not long been born again... Continue reading book >>




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