Philippa Gregory

Three Sisters, Three Queens

Summary: 
Philippa Gregory's latest in the Plantagenet/Tudor series tells of the pivotal roles the three queens played in Henry VIII’s kingdom. Katherine of Aragon arrives at the Tudor court as a young bride, the oldest princess, Margaret, who serves as the narrator, takes her measure. Each knows the other for a rival, an ally, a pawn, destined—with Margaret’s younger sister Mary—to a sisterhood unique in all the world, since they will become the queens of England, Scotland, and France. Although they are tied by family loyalties and affections, the three queens find themselves set against each other. Katherine commands an army against Margaret and kills her husband James IV of Scotland. But Margaret’s boy becomes heir to the Tudor throne when Katherine loses her son. Mary steals the widowed Margaret’s proposed husband, but when Mary is widowed it is her secret marriage for love that is the envy of the others. This was an interesting introduction into the events of the time from a woman's perspective and well worth a read.

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The Kingmaker's Daughter

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This a fascinating piece of historical fiction written from the point of view of Anne Neville (and her sister Isobel)daughters of Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick (The Kingmaker), whose ambition was focused on putting his daughters into positions of power, namely the throne of England, during the turbulent times of the War of the Roses (1455-1485). A great read for all you history buffs, who yearn for a different view on these times!!

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The King's Curse

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This is the last book in Philippa Gregory's 'Cousins War' serises the story of lady-in-waiting Margaret Pole and her unique view of King Henry VIII’s stratospheric rise to power in Tudor England. Margaret, regarded as yet another threat to the volatile King Henry VII’s claim to the throne, is cousin to Elizabeth of York and daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, is married off to a Lancaster supporter—Sir Richard Pole. Margaret’s contented daily life is changed forever with the arrival of Arthur, the young Prince of Wales, and his beautiful bride, Katherine of Aragon. Margaret soon becomes a trusted advisor and friend to the honeymooning couple, hiding her own royal connections in service to the Tudors. After the sudden death of Prince Arthur, Katherine leaves for London a widow, and fulfills her deathbed promise to her husband by marrying his brother, Henry VIII. Margaret’s world is turned upside down by the surprising summons to court, where she becomes the chief lady-in-waiting to Queen Katherine. But this charmed life of the wealthiest and “holiest” woman in England lasts only until the rise of Anne Boleyn, and the dramatic deterioration of the Tudor court. Margaret has to choose whether her allegiance is to the increasingly tyrannical king, or to her beloved queen; to the religion she loves or the theology which serves the new masters. Caught between the old world and the new, Margaret Pole has to find her own way as she carries the knowledge of an old curse on all the Tudors. A great easy read that provides an interesting insight into the turbulent and dangerous times of the Tudors.

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