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The King's Curse by Philippa Gregory

The King's Curse

Part of the COUSINS' WAR Series
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A big detailed account of Henry VIII’s life from pre-throne to courting Jane Seymour, only all seen through the life of Margaret Pole, née Plantagenet, the family displaced by Henry VII. It is wonderful stuff. It is of course quality fiction based on true events but with such a thrilling slant that even if you know the story well I am sure there will be lots you don’t know. It is a fantastic read. However much there may already have been written about the Tudors, this is well worth adding to your collection.

If you like Philippa Gregory you might also like to read books by Reay Tannahill, Anne O'Brien and Rebecca Dean.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. In this concluding part of the Cousins’ War series, the story has moved on into the 16th century and, although the Tudor dynasty should be established by then, the new rulers of England felt uneasy about anyone who had connections with the old order, the Plantagenets. One such was Margaret Pole, niece of Richard III, the King slain at Bosworth by Henry Tudor. The story centres on her relationship with the ruling family over forty years, during which she falls in and out of favour. Gregory has done an excellent job in capturing the political intrigue endemic at Court during this period, especially among the many influential women around Henry VIII, including his grandmother Margaret Beaufort, his mother Elizabeth of York, and his first wife Katherine of Aragon.
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The King's Curse by Philippa Gregory

The riveting story of Margaret Pole, daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, and was one of the few surviving members of the Plantagenet dynasty after the Wars of the Roses. Plantagenet, once carried proudly by Margaret like a crown upon her head, is now, at the end of the 15th century, the most dangerous name in England...

About the Author

Philippa Gregory

Philippa Gregory was our Guest Editor in October 2011 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the international bestseller The Other Boleyn Girl, which became a major film starring Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson. Several books later, she is looking at the family that precedes The Tudors in the The Cousins' War series, which was televised by the BBC as The White Queen.

Philippa's other great interest is the charity that she founded nearly twenty years ago: Gardens for The Gambia. She has raised funds and paid for several hundred wells for the primary schools of this poor African country. A former student of Sussex University, and a PhD and Alumna of the Year at Edinburgh University, her love of history is the hallmark of her writing. She lives with her family on a small farm in Yorkshire.

Author photo copyright: Johnny Ring.

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12th March 2015


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Simon & Schuster Ltd


624 pages


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