The Red Queen

The Red Queen

Book - 2010
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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.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster, 2010
Edition: 1st Touchstone hardcover ed. --
ISBN: 9781416563723
Branch Call Number: FIC Grego 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 382 p. :,map ;,25 cm. --


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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...

Sep 20, 2011

I am a fan of historical fiction, but this is the first book by Philippa Gregory I have read. I think the book is well researched, but slow. Most of the book is spent examining Margaret Beaufort’s repetitive holier-than-thou justifications for her actions. Gregory is one of the few to suggest Margaret Beaufort had a hand in the demise of the two princes in the tower, but I enjoyed Robin Maxwell’s version of events in “To the Tower Born” a great deal more.

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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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