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The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
  

The Red Queen

Part of the COUSINS' WAR Series
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Shortlisted for the Galaxy Paperback of the Year Award 2011.

April 2011 Book of the Month.

The second book in Philippa's stunning new trilogy, The Cousins' War, brings to life the story of Margaret Beaufort, a shadowy and mysterious character in the first book of the series - The White Queen - but who now takes centre stage in the bitter struggle of The War of the Roses. The Red Queen tells the story of the child-bride of Edmund Tudor, who, although widowed in her early teens, uses her determination of character and wily plotting to infiltrate the house of York and ultimately ensure that her only son, Henry Tudor, triumphs as King of England. Page turning historical drama, written with intelligence.

The Cousins' War series:
1. The White Queen
2. The Red Queen
3. The Lady of the Rivers
4. The Kingmaker's Daughter

If you like Philippa Gregory you might also like to read books by Elizabeth Waite, Sarah Dunant and Anne O'Brien.


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. This is the second book in the series entitled ‘The Cousins’ War’ (the original name for the Wars of the Roses which pitted Lancaster against York), and it brings to life the story of Margaret Beaufort, a background figure in the first book, The White Queen. Because of her descent from Edward III, Margaret, an intense, imaginative child, discovers early on that her royal Lancastrian blood will shape her entire life. Marriage to her first husband, Edmund Tudor, sharpens Margaret’s focus, and she becomes fixated on the fact that their children should be future kings, never mind who else gets in the way. She schemes her way through two more marriages, feigning loyalty to the Yorkist monarchs, but fomenting rebellion against Edward IV and his wife, Elizabeth Woodville, (the White Queen of volume one) and then against his successor Richard III. That Margaret was successful we know – her descendants were the Tudors – but the strength of this novel is that the story is told with such consummate skill, almost thriller-like in its unfolding. Gregory’s stated aim is to give the women of the period a voice and in this she has succeeded magnificently.
~ Julia Hamilton

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Synopsis

The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory

The second book in Philippa's stunning new trilogy, The Cousins War, brings to life the story of Margaret Beaufort, a shadowy and mysterious character in the first book of the series - The White Queen - but who now takes centre stage in the bitter struggle of The War of the Roses. The Red Queen tells the story of the child-bride of Edmund Tudor, who, although widowed in her early teens, uses her determination of character and wily plotting to infiltrate the house of York under the guise of loyal friend and servant, undermine the support for Richard III and ultimately ensure that her only son, Henry Tudor, triumphs as King of England. Through collaboration with the dowager Queen Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret agrees a betrothal between Henry and Elizabeth's daughter, thereby uniting the families and resolving the Cousins War once and for all by founding of the Tudor dynasty.

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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Publication date

1st April 2011

Author

Philippa Gregory

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Publisher

Simon & Schuster Ltd

Format

Paperback
432 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9781847394651

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