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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: VeritasPublishing (7 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095559801X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955598012
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,316,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Linda was born in a small mining village at the southern edge of the Durham coalfield in the Northeast of England.
She had a lifelong passion for history and historical fiction and a five week independent tour of Spain in 1988 was a life-changing event. She became interested in Spain's history. She wanted to know more, much more. She studied Spanish and then started reading Spanish sources. Many exciting days were to follow in the Biblioteca Nacional in Madrid, other public and private libraries in Spain, and the British Library in London.
During 2007-08 VeritasPublishing published her Spanish Hapsburg Trilogy: That Other Juana. (Juana la Loca). A Matter of Pride (Charles V, HRE) and Wives & Other Women (Philip II of Spain).
In 2008 she was elected a Full Member of The Society of Authors.

In 2009 That Other Juana (Joana, a Louca) was published in Portugal by Editorial Presença (Lisbon) and in January 2012 they published A Matter of Pride (Uma Questão de Orgulho).
In February 2012 her Brazilian publisher Editora Europa (São Paulo) published That Other Juana (Joana, a Louca) in Brazil and after its success they published A Matter of Pride (Carlos V) in September 2013.

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This is a wonderful book; a story successfully combining historical accuracy with masses of fiction. The generally accepted imposing figure of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor: king, general, lawmaker, and the defender of Christendom is shown here to be a man of faults and failings, of generosity and tenderness, of passions and regrets, all in equal measure and always to excess. This Charles is revealed through his everyday dealings with those around him and, more interestingly, by the author s use of a unique and amusing narrator who gossips regularly with us highlighting the emperor s reactions, usually intolerant and immoderate, both towards his family and to events in the empire. Even at the story s moving close this all-seeing, all-knowing, all-telling narrator leaves us still pondering, who really was this greatest emperor since Charlemagne ? --J. M. Sanmarti

I have just finished Linda Carlino s latest book A Matter of Pride. From the title to the last full stop it is an enthralling read! Although I m here on my own I give her three cheers - and loud ones at that! Well done! I am very impressed with her use of an all-knowing narrator. From the very start he brings you right into the story with a warm personal welcome, offering a few revealing and intimate details so almost immediately I felt I was one of the characters in the novel. It is a story that at times is sad, at others very funny. I didn t want it to end. It is an accomplished performance and a wonderful follow up to her first historical novel That Other Juana. --Alain Tomas

Linda Carlino spent years painstakingly researching the Spanish monarchy for her second novel. Jim McTaggart takes a look CARLOS I, who was crowned King of Spain at the age of 17, became the most powerful figure in Europe as an aggressive warlord and Holy Roman Emperor. She starts this tale as Carlos settles into a remote monastery after his abdication in 1557, at the age of 56. She flits back to episodes of his life through conversations involving him and his long-suffering servants. By this time the former monarch is most unlike an emperor: stooped and worn, his body is witness to years of over-indulgence in food and drink. He had lost most of his teeth and the sight of him eating was offensive to the eye and stomach. Food was sloshed and squashed about in his mouth before being sluiced down his throat with a good swilling of wine or beer. As you can imagine, he prefers to dine alone, and his companions are more than happy when he does. Carlos suffered from gout and other ailments, so he had to be carried around in a chair and continually washed and pampered with vinegar bandages. Ointment had to be applied in a way that doesn't bear thinking about. But surely he was once a great leader? Er, no. He ruled with an iron fist, but Spanish blood and treasure were squandered on his hopeless ventures. Spain ended up bankrupt, in debt to the tune of seven million gold ducados. Well, perhaps he was especially kind to his mother? No, again. He treated Queen Juana with the utmost cruelty, keeping her locked away for many years. Some historians have taken a more sympathetic view of him and his deeds during a tempestuous era in which Europe was divided by continuous feuds, with Spain heavily involved, but Carlino's Carlos is a brutal and greedy tyrant. What motivated Carlos? Was it pride in his country, empire, the Catholic faith, himself or the Hapsburg dynasty to which he belonged? Carlino's narrator leaves it to the reader to decide. --J. McTaggart

I have just finished Linda Carlino s latest book A Matter of Pride. From the title to the last full stop it is an enthralling read! Although I m here on my own I give her three cheers - and loud ones at that! Well done! I am very impressed with her use of an all-knowing narrator. From the very start he brings you right into the story with a warm personal welcome, offering a few revealing and intimate details so almost immediately I felt I was one of the characters in the novel. It is a story that at times is sad, at others very funny. I didn t want it to end. It is an accomplished performance and a wonderful follow up to her first historical novel That Other Juana. --Alain Tomas

Linda Carlino spent years painstakingly researching the Spanish monarchy for her second novel. Jim McTaggart takes a look CARLOS I, who was crowned King of Spain at the age of 17, became the most powerful figure in Europe as an aggressive warlord and Holy Roman Emperor. She starts this tale as Carlos settles into a remote monastery after his abdication in 1557, at the age of 56. She flits back to episodes of his life through conversations involving him and his long-suffering servants. By this time the former monarch is most unlike an emperor: stooped and worn, his body is witness to years of over-indulgence in food and drink. He had lost most of his teeth and the sight of him eating was offensive to the eye and stomach. Food was sloshed and squashed about in his mouth before being sluiced down his throat with a good swilling of wine or beer. As you can imagine, he prefers to dine alone, and his companions are more than happy when he does. Carlos suffered from gout and other ailments, so he had to be carried around in a chair and continually washed and pampered with vinegar bandages. Ointment had to be applied in a way that doesn't bear thinking about. But surely he was once a great leader? Er, no. He ruled with an iron fist, but Spanish blood and treasure were squandered on his hopeless ventures. Spain ended up bankrupt, in debt to the tune of seven million gold ducados. Well, perhaps he was especially kind to his mother? No, again. He treated Queen Juana with the utmost cruelty, keeping her locked away for many years. Some historians have taken a more sympathetic view of him and his deeds during a tempestuous era in which Europe was divided by continuous feuds, with Spain heavily involved, but Carlino's Carlos is a brutal and greedy tyrant. What motivated Carlos? Was it pride in his country, empire, the Catholic faith, himself or the Hapsburg dynasty to which he belonged? Carlino's narrator leaves it to the reader to decide. --J. McTaggart

About the Author

Linda was born in a small mining village at the southern edge of the Durham coalfield in the Northeast of England. She had a lifelong passion for history and historical fiction and a five week independent tour of Spain in 1988 was a life-changing event. She became interested in Spain’s history. She wanted to know more, much more. She studied Spanish and then started reading Spanish sources. Many exciting days were to follow in the Biblioteca Nacional in Madrid, other public and private libraries in Spain, and the British Library in London. During 2007-08 VeritasPublishing published her Spanish Hapsburg Trilogy: That Other Juana. (Juana la Loca). A Matter of Pride (Charles V, HRE) and Wives & Other Women (Philip II of Spain). In 2009 That Other Juana (Joana, a Louca) was published in Portugal by Editorial Presença and in January 2012 it published A Matter of Pride (Uma Questão de Orgulho). In February 2012 Joana, a Louca.was published in Brazil by Editora Europa (Sao Paulo) and in September of 2013 they published Carlos V.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Aguila on 14 Sept. 2009
Format: Paperback
A Matter of Pride (Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor) by Linda Carlino
This is an accomplished performance by Linda Carlino and a wonderful follow up to her debut historical novel That Other Juana.
From the start the very clever use of an all-knowing narrator brings you right into the story with a warm personal welcome, offering a few revealing and intimate details so almost immediately I felt I was one of the characters in the novel.
At times it is sad, at others very funny. From beginning to end an enthralling read that I didn't want to end.
In 1557 a prematurely aged, ill, and very irritable and grumbling Charles V, HRE, (Carlos I of Spain) retires to an isolated monastery in western Spain accompanied by his lifelong friend now his major-domo, his secretary, his doctor, and a few servants.
He suffers from chronic painful gout, crippling arthritis and excruciatingly painful piles. He has to be carried around in a chair and continually washed and pampered with vinegar bandages.
He has lost most of his teeth and the sight of him eating was offensive to the eye and stomach. Food is sloshed and squashed about in his mouth before being sluiced down his throat with a good swilling of wine or beer. "As you can imagine," murmurs the narrator, "he prefers to dine alone, and his companions are more than happy when he does."
Through his staff and servants and by the author's clever use of her all-knowing and very amusing narrator who gossips regularly with us we learn much more about Carlos and we begin to wonder whether this querulous, beer-swilling, belching gourmand, womaniser and egotist could possibly have been a great emperor.
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A wonderful picture of European politics during Tudor times. I did not know that Mary Tudor had married her nephew (Philip II of Spain) and now want to read the other two books written by Linda Carlino to complete her picture of life in sixteenth century Spain. After so many novels about the Tudors this view of the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V, whose power Henry VIII challenged, has whetted my curiosity. I did not give the book five stars because of the amateur printing and especially the poor reproduction of famous paintings but it is a great story.
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An intimate look at the great Charles V 22 May 2014
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An interesting read giving an intimate look into the world of Charles V. It also gives the reader more insight into the other key players in his life and the politics of that era. The kindle version I had purchased was quite poor. It seemed that the person adapting it to Kindle had never heard of using commas. A must follow-up on this book is The Other Juanna by the same author.
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The book is confusing to read. So many people with a past. But the book is written with humor and also as a mystery.
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