The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory is a historical-fiction romance novel first published in 2010. According to the author’s suggested reading order (and in accordance with real world history), it is the 3rd book in the The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels (combination of Tudor Court and Cousins’ War series). The series is a free adaptation of English history. This book in particular follows the story of Margaret Beaufort, mother of King Henry VII. Despite being a widow at very young age, she was utterly determined to make her house the ruler of England.
Cover and Details of The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory (PDF)
- Title: The Red Queen (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, Book 3)
- Author: Philippa Gregory
- Publisher: Touchstone
- Date Published: August 3, 2010
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416563725
- ISBN-13: 9781416563723
Summary of the Book
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.
Reviews of The Red Queen
Margaret Beaufort is this notorious/infamous brutal & cold hearted women of English History…Philippa Gregory lays down the foundation of how this woman came to be in this book, and who also becomes a prominent figure in multiple books after…I love this book for leveling me with who Margaret Beaufort is as a person and showing me why she is who she is. Philippa Gregory told the story of Margaret Beaufort in a way that evoked some emotions in me- she made me laugh, she made sad, she made me think, she humbled me, and she frustrated the heck out of me…and I loved every second! (by WorksofSparks, amazon.com)
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