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The Red Queen (Cousins' War)

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ISBN13: 9781416563730
ISBN10: 1416563733
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The inspiration for the critically acclaimed Starz miniseries The White Queen, #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings to life Margaret Beaufort, heiress to the red rose of Lancaster, who charts her way through treacherous alliances to take control of the English throne.

Margaret Beaufort never surrenders her belief that her Lancaster house is the true ruler of England, and that she has a great destiny before her. Married to a man twice her age, quickly widowed, and a mother at only fourteen, Margaret is determined to turn her lonely life into a triumph. She sets her heart on putting her son on the throne of England regardless of the cost to herself, to England, and even to the little boy. Disregarding rival heirs and the overwhelming power of the York dynasty, she names him Henry, like the king; sends him into exile; and pledges him in marriage to her enemy Elizabeth of York’s daughter. As the political tides constantly move and shift, Margaret masterminds one of the greatest rebellions of all time—all the while knowing that her son has grown to manhood, recruited an army, and awaits his opportunity to win the greatest prize in all of England.

The Red Queen is a novel of conspiracy, passion, and coldhearted ambition, the story of a proud and determined woman who believes that she alone is destined, by her piety and lineage, to shape the course of history.

About the Author

Philippa Gregory is the author of several New York Times bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl, The Queen’s Fool, The Virgin’s Lover, The Constant Princess, The Boleyn Inheritance, The Other Queen, and now The Cousins’ War books which include The White Queen and The Red Queen. She lives in England.

David Baldwin taught history at the Universities of Leicester and Nottingham for many years, and is the author of four books dealing with people and events of the Wars of the Roses.

Michael Jones did his PhD on the Beaufort family, and subsequently taught at the University of South West England, the University of Glasgow and Winchester College.  He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and now works freelance as a writer and media presenter.  He is the author of six books, including The King's Mother, a highly-praised biography of Margaret Beaufort shortlisted for the Whitfield Prize.

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Elaine, April 17, 2014 (view all comments by Elaine)
Let me begin by confessing that I am a huge Philippa Gregory fan so I come with a predisposition to liking this book. On the other hand, with the exception of Gregory's books, I generally do not like historical fiction. All that said, this book just blew me away. It is the portrait of Margaret Beaufort who is depicted here as both a vicim of her time, class and gender, as well as, treacherous, manipulative, and even delusional. The portrait is very stark and very compelling. I found it difficult to put down.

She is a cousin to then King Henry 6 of the house of Lancaster. As a child she is determined to be a saint and wants only to spend her life in prayer at a nunnery, but her mother marries her at age 12 to another royal, Edward Tudor of Wales, who is killed before seeing their son Henry. From the start, Margaret is determined to see Henry on the throne of England and will stop at nothing to see it happen. On the one hand she has no control of her own destiny, being married a second time as a child without her consent to another significantly older man as soon as her year of mourning is complete. She is then forced to leave her son behind in Wales with her brother-in-law Jasper. She firmly believes that it is God's will that Henry be king and that she be the king's mother (delusional). she is willing to marry a third time solely to further Henry's chances (manipulative), and believes that even murder of young boys is acceptable if it will move her son closer to the throne (treacherous). Yikes what a woman!

Botton line - it reads like a thriller and a very good one at that, and if you don't know details of the history of the mid to late 15th century British royalty, it is sometimes difficult to guess what will happen next.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416563730
Author:
Gregory, Philippa
Publisher:
Touchstone Books
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Romance - General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Phillippa; Phillipa; Margaret Beaufort; Margaret Bowfort; Lancaster; House of Lancaster; York; House of York; The Red Rose; The White Rose; The Cousins War; The War of the Roses; Henry VII; Elizabeth Woodville; Joan D Arc; Joan of Arc; Richard III; Battle
Subject:
Phillippa; Phillipa; Margaret Beaufort; Marga
Subject:
ret Bowfort; Lancaster; House of Lancaster; York; House of York; The Red Rose; The White Rose; The Cousins War; The War of the Roses; Henry VII; Elizabeth Woodville; Joan D Arc; Joan of Arc; Richard III; Battle of Bosworth; Religious Visions; The White Pr
Subject:
Phillippa; Phillipa; Margaret Beaufort; Margaret Bowfort; Lancaster; House of Lancaster; York; House of York; The Red Rose; The White Rose; The Cousins War; The War of the Roses; Henry VII; Elizabeth Woodville; Joan D Arc; Joan of Arc; Richard III; Battle
Subject:
Phillippa; Phillipa; Margaret Beaufort; Margaret Bowfort; Lancaster; House of Lancaster; York; House of York; The Red Rose; The White Rose; The Cousins War; The War of the Roses; Henry VII; Elizabeth Woodville; Joan D Arc; Joan of Arc; Richard III; Battle
Subject:
Phillippa; Phillipa; Margaret Beaufort; Margaret Bowfort; Lancaster; House of Lancaster; York; House of York; The Red Rose; The White Rose; The Cousins War; The War of the Roses; Henry VII; Elizabeth Woodville; Joan D Arc; Joan of Arc; Richard III; Battle
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20110631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

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