The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory is a historical-fiction novel first published in in 2014. Following the author’s reading order suggestion, and based on the chronology of real world history, it is the 7th book in The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels (combination of Tudor Court and Cousins’ War series). The series fictionalizes the history influential female royal figures in the history of England. In this book, the story focuses on Margaret Pole, who was cousin to Elizabeth of York (White Princess) and lady-in-waiting to Katherine of Aragon.
As in Phillipa Gregory’s reading order suggestion, the book is preceded by The Constant Princess (book 6) and followed by Three Sisters, Three Queens (book 8). (You can find other books in the series here.)
Cover and Details of The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory (PDF)
- Title: The King’s Curse (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, Book 7)
- Author: Philippa Gregory
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd.
- Date Published: August 14, 2014
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857207563
- ISBN-13: 9780857207562
Summary of the Book
As an heir to the Plantagenets, Margaret is seen by the King’s mother, the Red Queen, as a rival to the Tudor claim to the throne. She is buried in marriage to a Tudor supporter—Sir Richard Pole, governor of Wales—and becomes guardian to Arthur, the young Prince of Wales, and his beautiful bride, Katherine of Aragon.
But Margaret’s destiny, as cousin to the White Princess, is not for a life in the shadows. Tragedy throws her into poverty, yet a royal death restores her to her place at young Henry VIII’s court where she becomes chief lady-in-waiting to Queen Katherine. There she watches the dominance of the Spanish queen over her husband and her tragic decline.
Amid the rapid deterioration of the Tudor court, Margaret must choose whether her allegiance is to the increasingly tyrannical Henry VIII or to her beloved queen. Caught between the old and the new, Margaret must find her own way, concealing her knowledge that an old curse cast upon all the Tudors is slowly coming true…
Reviews of The King’s Curse
“Gregory manages to keep us in suspense as to what will befall her characters….Under [her] spell, we keep hoping history won’t repeat itself.” —Kirkus Reviews
“An illuminating portrait. . . Gregory moves confidently through a tangle of intrigue, revenge, and tyranny toward a shocking betrayal.” —Publishers Weekly
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