The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
(Cousins' War, Book 2)

75%

11 Critic Reviews

Gregory once again demonstrates her flair for dramatizing history.
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Synopsis

The inspiration for the critically acclaimed Starz miniseries The White Queen, #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings to life Margaret Beaufort, heiress to the red rose of Lancaster, who charts her way through treacherous alliances to take control of the English throne.

Margaret Beaufort never surrenders her belief that her Lancaster house is the true ruler of England, and that she has a great destiny before her. Married to a man twice her age, quickly widowed, and a mother at only fourteen, Margaret is determined to turn her lonely life into a triumph. She sets her heart on putting her son on the throne of England regardless of the cost to herself, to England, and even to the little boy. Disregarding rival heirs and the overwhelming power of the York dynasty, she names him Henry, like the king; sends him into exile; and pledges him in marriage to her enemy Elizabeth of York’s daughter. As the political tides constantly move and shift, Margaret masterminds one of the greatest rebellions of all time—all the while knowing that her son has grown to manhood, recruited an army, and awaits his opportunity to win the greatest prize in all of England.

The Red Queen is a novel of conspiracy, passion, and coldhearted ambition, 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 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 June 7, 2011 by Touchstone Books. 404 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Red Queen
All: 11 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Good
on Jun 15 2010

Gregory once again demonstrates her flair for dramatizing history.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Kristin Contino on Oct 06 2010

Gregory’s latest novel is, as usual, impeccably researched and richly detailed. Much of the action happens at the same time as the first book in the series, “The White Queen,” and it is quite interesting to see the story from another perspective.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
on Aug 03 2010

...the narrative suffers from a change in point-of-view when Margaret takes a back seat during Henry’s military takeover.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Jan 23 2011

A rich, consistently engrossing narrative voice is her preeminent tool, and in THE RED QUEEN, as in her other bestsellers, I felt that the protagonist was right in the room with me...

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Suite 101

Below average
on Mar 09 2011

...I'm not sure it could hold it's own as a stand-alone novel.

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Suite 101

Good
on Nov 06 2010

The Red Queen is a must read for history buffs and Philipa Gregory fans.

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Express

Excellent
on Aug 29 2010

Philippa Gregory's books are always well-researched, informative and entertaining. This one is brilliant.

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Look At OKC

Good

The treachery and ruthlessness of the era is brought to life in this book, showing how loyalties changed and self-interest prevailed. It is a fascinating read.

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Seattle PI

Good
on Apr 26 2011

...Gregory's storytelling skills shine through. The descriptions of Medivel England are well-constructed and enjoyable to read, and the characters are throughly developed...

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Helium

Good
on Oct 12 2010

...certainly an enjoyable and well-written historical novel, and it is also one which can be read on its own...

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EzineArticles

Above average
on Sep 05 2010

Gregory pens an intimate tale of deceit, deception, greed and vanity with "The Red Queen.

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