The Women of the Cousins' War by Philippa Gregory
The Duchess, the Queen, and the King's Mother

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory joins two eminent historians to explore the extraordinary true stories of three women largely forgotten by history: Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford; Elizabeth Woodville, queen of England; and Margaret Beaufort, the founder of the Tudor dynasty.

In her essay on Jacquetta, Philippa Gregory uses original documents, archaeology, and histories of myth and witchcraft to create the first-ever biography of the young duchess who survived two reigns and two wars to become the first lady at two rival courts. David Baldwin, established authority on the Wars of the Roses, tells the story of Elizabeth Woodville, the first commoner to marry a king of England for love. And Michael Jones, fellow of the Royal Historical Society, writes of Margaret Beaufort, the almost-unknown matriarch of the House of Tudor.

Beautifully illustrated throughout with rare portraits and source materials, The Women of the Cousins’ War offers fascinating insights into the inspirations behind Philippa Gregory’s fiction and will appeal to all with an interest in this epic period.

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,
Published September 13, 2011 by Touchstone. 354 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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THE WOMEN OF THE COUSINS’ WAR refers to three little-known icons of the English court that star in Philippa Gregory’s The Cousins’ War.

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The New Zealand Herald

Along the way, there's a passing examination of one of the great mysteries of the time - and still today - the fate of the princes in the Tower (Edward and Richard, Elizabeth and Edward's heirs) and whether they were killed by the much-maligned Richard III.

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Story Circle Book Reviews

In this nonfiction work, The Women of the Cousins' War: The Duchess, the Queen, and the King's Mother, Gregory and her co-authors tell us about extraordinary women in leading roles, women nearly forgotten.

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Writers of history, Gregory points out, have been so uncomfortable with powerful women that they have either played down their abilities, or depicted them as de-feminised, as unnaturally masculine — the fate of powerful women from Margaret of Anjou to Margaret Thatcher.

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