Widowed a second time, Margaret marries the ruthless, deceitful Thomas, Lord Stanley, and her fate stands on the knife edge of his will. Gambling her life that he will support her, she then masterminds one of the greatest rebellions of the time—all the while knowing that her son has grown to manhood, recruited an army, and now waits for his opportunity to win the greatest prize.
In a novel of conspiracy, passion, and coldhearted ambition, number one bestselling author Philippa Gregory has brought to life 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.
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone; 1 edition (August 3, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416563725
- ISBN-13: 978-1416563723
SOURCE: PUBLIC LIBRARY
Margaret Beaufort was probably my least favorite in all of Philippa Gregory’s heroines. I normally love reading about the English monarchs, but I don’t know if this queen is at all royal. I guess for what she accomplished as a women in her time was to say the least, incredible and for that reason alone she was never painted in a good light in any historical documents. Gregory does do a wonderful job in portraying Margaret as what she must have been a scheming person, only trying to further herself and her family and cutting those down that got in her way. She is a most significant figure since she is really the one who brought the Tudor name to fame. Not my favorite of Gregory’s books, but it is a good historical perspective.
Julie P says
I recently read a historical fiction book and loved it. What would be your suggestion for a good read to continue with this genre??
I’ve been waiting to have someone I follow review this book. I love this author but wasn’t sure about this book. I’m glad you liked it and now I’ll have to add it to my TBR list.
Mary (BookHounds) says
Jean Plaidy (also aka Victoria Holt) is my all time favorite historical fiction author. Her books are bit more romance though.
The Red Queen was not my favorite Gregory book, the favorite would have to be The Other Boleyn Girl.
If you are looking for historical facts, try Alison Weir. Her books are very readable for that genre.
Others: Sarah Dunant, Robin Maxwell, Susan Carroll, Carrolly Erickson and those are the ones that come to mind right now.
i’m looking forward to reading this as I have a mild obsession with the Tudors and want to know more about their history. Seems as though others also think this isn’t the best book of the bunch, which is good to know, so I can read it not expecting much (which means I’ll probably enjoy it more than if i went into it expecting lots!)
I have put off reading this one. I will eventually, but found the Gregory Henry/Anne etc stories much more interesting.
I didn’t know Plaidy was Holt. Learn something new everyday.
Mary (BookHounds) says
I read every Victoria Holt book as a teen (the library stocked every single one LOL) and the librarian recommended the Jean Plaidy books. I miss that cute little library — I used to practically live there in the summer.