The Red Queen

The Red Queen

Paperback - 2012
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The second book in The Cousins' War series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings to life the story of a complex and determined woman who shapes the course of history--now available in mass market.

Fans and reviewers everywhere agree that no one writes historical fiction better than Philippa Gregory. In The Red Queen , Gregory illuminates the fascinating woman who founded England's most powerful ruling line, the Tudors: Margaret Beaufort.

Ignored by the king, mocked by her mother, and forced into a loveless marriage, Margaret, heiress to the red rose of Lancaster, is determined to turn her lonely life into a triumph. Convinced that her piety and lineage have destined her for greatness, she is determined that her son Henry will rule England--no matter what the cost. After the death of her first husband, she sends the boy into exile and promises him in marriage to the daughter of her enemy, Elizabeth of York. As the political tides constantly turn, Margaret charts her course through another loveless marriage, treacherous alliances, and secret plots. Following the death of her second husband, she marries the ruthless Thomas, Lord Stanley, and gambles her life and her son's future on his support as she masterminds a final rebellion that will either put her son on the throne or send them all to their deaths.
Publisher: New York : Pocket, 2012
ISBN: 9781451656848


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Apr 19, 2018

In some ways, Gregory has become a victim of her own success. Her early novels were masterpieces of vivid detail and subtle characterization; unfortunately, she seems to be resting on those laurels instead of breaking new ground. "The Red Queen" is like watching an Academy Award nominated actress phoning in her lines; disappointing and frustrating because we know she's capable of much better work. "The Red Queen"'s Lady Margaret Beaufort is a villain, yes, but she's an exceedingly dull villain. Oh, she's not greedy or lustful or anything fun like that. She's just a pious complainer, and she complains over and over and over again. And she's not even partially true to life; she's basically a 20th century woman in a 15th century body. She admires Joan of Arc (????!!!!!) which is as ridiculous as one of George III's kids admiring George Washington. An English noblewoman--especially a pious English noblewoman in the 1400's---would have thought Joan was a blasphemous witch who deserved burning. Gregory has written some great books; "The Red Queen" isn't one of them.

SaraLovesBooks Sep 07, 2016

Philippa Gregory's books tend to be history in name only, but this one was one of the worst. I hated her rendition of Margaret Beaufort, especially her obsession with Joan of Arc. That made absolutely no sense. At the time Margaret lived, as an Englishwoman, she would have considered Joan a heretic, not a saint.

I have enjoyed other novels of Philippa Gregory, since she tells a good yarn, but this one was terrible. Give it a miss.

Feb 05, 2016

I am not a big fan of this book, there were too many reasons why I wouldn't recommend this book. It was very repetitive, I am not sure why the author decided to remind the readers of what they already read in the previous chapter. Margaret, the main character, was a self righteous "cow", who only looked after her own selfish needs, but thought it was the will of God and her family. This was not a good read for me at all.

Nov 23, 2015

Gregory adds to the picture of the end of the War of the Roses with this book about Margaret Beaufort, Henry VII's obsessive mother. A must read to complement an understanding of Margaret's motivations and character.

Kdmullerspy Sep 21, 2014

liked the book but hated the narrator! She's manipulative, hypocritical, and just plain annoying. Go Yorks!!!!!!

Jul 28, 2013

The companion book to the White Queen. I liked Elizabeth Woodville much more than Margaret Beaufort who was too pious for my taste. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series though.

Mar 05, 2013

I reaqd this right after reading "The White Queen". Again, a very interesting look at people and relationships not often explored in other histories. Although fictional, this is an excellent book for "getting the peole straight", so to speak. I msut admit that I hope hte author did not want the reader to have much sympathy for Margaret as she comes across as a self-righteous, vain, and vindictive woman, to say nothing of a hypocrit. The idea that someone other than Richard was reponsible for hte death of the Princes in the Tower is explored, as is the situation and ultimate marriage of Elizabeth Woodville's daughter to Henry VII. All in all, a very interesting read.

Mar 21, 2012

After listening to the first two chapters on the audiobook version I shut it off. I love Philippa's books but this one irritated the hell out of me. I did not care for the consistent reference the main character comparing herself to being like Joan of Arc over and over and over again. The aura of the book is entirely to "egotistical" for my taste. I wanted to ducktape the margaret's mouth shut every time she opened it up to say something.

Jan 23, 2012

Pretty repetitive...the reader gets the fact that M.B. was an ego maniac, motivated by power in the name of God. And the book slowly...oh, so slowly, got the story across. However, I don't think Philippa G.'s facts are always particularly accurate. The Other Boleyn Sister is a good example. Antonia Frasier's account of Anne B. is, according to historians, very accurate and doesn't match P.G.'s closely at all. It makes me suspicious of this story.

8tephanie Jan 10, 2012

I really liked this one, and I've liked the other newer historical fiction novels by her. However, some of her older work is a bit bizarre lol...

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Aug 01, 2012

The Red Queen follows Margaret Beaufort from just before she marries Owen Tudor to until after her son wins the crown. It's told in the first person, like The White Queen, and the whole series is a bit heavy on first person self-talk. And, Philippa Gregory's Margaret is an obnoxious, whiny, self-righteous snot. She really isn't a sympathetic character. But I'm assuming this book will be a necessary read to fully grasp the complexities of Gregory's upcoming book on Elizabeth of York, daughter of The White Queen & daughter-in-law of The Red Queen.


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