The Kingmaker's Daughter by Philippa Gregory
(The Cousins' War)

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10 Critic Reviews

In addition to Gregory handling a complicated history, she convincingly details women’s lives in the 1400s and the competitive love between sisters.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

In this New York Times bestseller that inspired the critically acclaimed Starz miniseries The White Queen, Philippa Gregory tells the tale of Anne Neville, a beautiful young woman who must navigate the treachery of the English court as her father, known as the Kingmaker, uses her and her sister as pawns in his political game.

The Kingmaker’s Daughter—Philippa Gregory’s first sister story since The Other Boleyn Girl—is the gripping tale of the daughters of the man known as the Kingmaker, Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick: the most powerful magnate in fifteenth-century England. Without a son and heir, he uses his daughters, Anne and Isabel, as pawns in his political games, and they grow up to be influential players in their own right.

At the court of Edward IV and his beautiful queen, Elizabeth Woodville, Anne grows from a delightful child to become ever more fearful and desperate when her father makes war on his former friends. Married at age fourteen, she is soon left widowed and fatherless, her mother in sanctuary and her sister married to the enemy. Anne manages her own escape by marrying Richard, Duke of Gloucester, but her choice will set her on a collision course with the overwhelming power of the royal family.
 

About Philippa Gregory

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Philippa Gregory is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl, and is a recognized authority on women’s history. She studied history at the University of Sussex and received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. She welcomes visitors to her website, PhilippaGregory.com.
 
Published August 14, 2012 by Touchstone. 434 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Kingmaker's Daughter
All: 10 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 2

Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Kayla Posney on Aug 17 2012

"The Kingmaker's Daughter" is yet another brilliant addition to Gregory's novels on the Wars of the Roses/Cousins' War. She leaves readers longing for the next installation in the series

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Amie Taylor on Aug 24 2012

As usual, Philippa Gregory immerses us in another time and place filled with brilliant historical detail and draws us into the rich threads that make up the tapestry of human relationships as only she can.

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Open Letters Monthly

Below average
Reviewed by Steve Donoghue

Gregory is writing not history but historical fiction, which has always been the refuge of dreamers, sighing romantics … and night-haunting Ricardians.

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Express

Excellent
Reviewed by Matthew Dennison on Aug 17 2012

...it’s fast-paced, convincing, vivid and engrossing.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Pam Norfolk on Sep 20 2012

Using her amazing insight, compassion and capacity for suspense, drama and high emotion, Gregory paints an unforgettable portrait of two fascinating young women

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Vibrant Nation

Excellent
Reviewed by Lesa Holstine on Aug 14 2012

Gregory excels at bringing England’s royal women to life. The Kingmaker’s Daughter is another jewel in Philippa Gregory’s crown.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Jun 11 2012

In addition to Gregory handling a complicated history, she convincingly details women’s lives in the 1400s and the competitive love between sisters.

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Confessions of a Book Addict

Good
Reviewed by Christina on Aug 30 2012

Since this novel is from Anne's point of view, readers will see Elizabeth in a whole new (and not so admirable) light. It was interesting to get a different take on the many controversies surrounding the War of the Roses

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Between The Pages

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Reviewed by Daisy on Sep 26 2012

I guess I'm slightly disappointed that I didn't love The Kingmaker's Daughter as much as I would have expected to... that little extra something that makes me over the moon excited to continue was missing.

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Reviewed by Maria Grazia on Sep 02 2012

You can be sure you'll find plenty of intrigue and mystery, plotting and scheming, action and adventure in The Kingmaker's Daughter.

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