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Heiress to the red rose of Lancaster, Margaret Beaufort never surrenders her belief that her house is the true ruler of England and that she has a great destiny before her. Her ambitions are disappointed when her sainted cousin Henry VI fails to recognize her as a kindred spirit, and she is even more dismayed when he sinks into madness. Her mother mocks her plans, revealing that Margaret will always be burdened with the reputation of her father, one of the most famously incompetent English commanders in France. But worst of all for Margaret is when she discovers that her mother is sending her to a loveless marriage in remote Wales.

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 charts her own way through another loveless marriage, treacherous alliances, and secret plots. She feigns loyalty to the usurper Richard III and even carries his wife’s train at her coronation.

Widowed a second time, Margaret marries the ruthless, deceitful Thomas, Lord Stanley, and her fate stands on the knife edge of his will. Gambling her life that he will support her, she then masterminds one of the greatest rebellions of the time—all the while knowing that her son has grown to manhood, recruited an army, and now waits for his opportunity to win the greatest prize.

In a novel of conspiracy, passion, and coldhearted ambition, number one bestselling author Philippa Gregory has brought to life 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.

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The Red Queen
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Worst book I have read in a long time
August 31st, 2015
I found the main character to be very annoying, with dilusions of grandeur. It seems pointless and had no ending - it just ended
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Who's your king?
July 18th, 2015
After the enjoying The White Queen miniseries, this book gives a different spin on the players behind the fall of the York dynasty. Greed for power and fickle loyalty to the winning side are the hallmarks of history necessary for survival. It was not as heavy in battle detail but more about the strengths of the women influencing this historic game of thrones.
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The Red Queen
January 2nd, 2015
The Queens Fool still remains my favourite Phillippa Gregory novel but I enjoyed this. The battles at the end possibly became a little tough to enjoy but I think of certainly was an insight into the times.
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January 22nd, 2014
Well written and informative book about an era on history of which I had little real knowledge before reading it. Now keen to read more of the series.
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November 10th, 2013
Philippa Gregory is an amazing crafter of historical fiction in the Elizabethan (roughly) era. This is a well researched and easy to read novel that I would recommend to anyone who loves this period in history. Great book!
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Entertaining read
August 29th, 2013
Not as good for me as other Philippa Gregory books
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August 17th, 2013
Ok this was a hood book. Still mazes me how delusional she was tho. Great read
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The Red Queen of Lancaster
April 26th, 2013
Ms. Gregory has certainly written another great novel. She brings to life the plight of a woman called by God to greatness and her struggles to get there. A very interesting period of years in English history.
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March 26th, 2013
This series continues to blow me away.
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