The Red Queen

The Red Queen The Second Book In Philippa S Stunning New Trilogy, The Cousins War, Brings To Life The Story Of Margaret Beaufort, A Shadowy And Mysterious Character In The First Book Of The Series The White Queen But Who Now Takes Centre Stage In The Bitter Struggle Of The War Of The Roses The Red Queen Tells The Story Of The Child Bride Of Edmund Tudor, Who, Although Widowed In Her Early Teens, Uses Her Determination Of Character And Wily Plotting To Infiltrate The House Of York Under The Guise Of Loyal Friend And Servant, Undermine The Support For Richard III And Ultimately Ensure That Her Only Son, Henry Tudor, Triumphs As King Of England Through Collaboration With The Dowager Queen Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Agrees To A Betrothal Between Henry And Elizabeth S Daughter, Thereby Uniting The Families And Resolving The Cousins War Once And For All By Founding Of The Tudor Dynasty become addicted to the updates of historical research, as well as the progress of her ducklings.Her other great interest is the charity she founded nearly twenty years ago Gardens for The Gambia She has raised funds and paid for 140 wells in the primary schools of the dry, poverty stricken African country Thousands of school children have learned market gardening, and drunk the fresh water in the school gardens around the wells.A former student of Sussex University, and a PhD and Alumna of the Year 2009 of Edinburgh University, her love for history and her commitment to historical accuracy are the hallmarks of her writing She also reviews for US and UK newspapers, and is a regular broadcaster on television, radio, and webcasts from her website Philipa s Facebook page

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  • Hardcover
  • 412 pages
  • The Red Queen
  • Philippa Gregory
  • English
  • 13 July 2018
  • 9781416563723

10 thoughts on “The Red Queen

  1. says:

    After finishing this, the only real things I feel I have to say are that I HATE Margaret Beaufort and had many a moment while reading where I was hoping beyond hope that Elizabeth Woodville or some other such person would show up and strangle her to death with the rosary she s always fondling Honestly, I cannot imagine how anyone could come to like Margaret while reading this novel She is every negative stereotype about religious people all wrapped up in one and served with massive sides of self importance and hypocrisy To be fair, however, I went into this book with a rather biased opinion After reading The White Queen I like so many other people according to Margaret s constant complaining was enraptured with Elizabeth Woodville, her speculated witchcraft, her relationship with King Edward and so on To go from reading about a woman like that to reading about a dowdy, self righteous, self important Bible thumper was, as I figured it would be, a let down I am glad that this book was only 377 pages and that I did not have to pay full price for it I think I would have screamed if I d had to read about Joan of Arc or how everything Margaret did was God s will for yet another 100 pages or Reading this novel was like reading a hidden diary of one of the crazy religious people you hear about today Fred Phelps, for example If this is truly an accurate depiction of what she was like when she was alive I am not surprised by the fact that her grandson became a womanizing glutton who went crazy from syphilis If only someone had cut HER head off instead The only bright side I can see to her existence if she were truly like this is that she was great grandmother to Elizabeth I, who is pretty awesome yet also annoying in Gregory s novels I would recommend this book to any religious extremist since I think it would be amusing for them to hear what they sound like to the rest of us or anyone who, like me, is just a Philippa fan and wants to finish the series UPDATE I know I originally gave this book two stars but while going through my virtual shelf today I saw this and was immediately reminded of my intense dislike of this novel so I just had to take one off Ughseriously, it sucked.

  2. says:

    First, despite its title, The Red Queen is not about Margaret of Anjou, but about Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond, mother of Henry VII For some reason, no one in the novel ever addresses Margaret as the Countess of Richmond, though records from the time refer to her as such, and she herself seems to be unaware that she holds that title through her first marriage to Edmund Tudor, Earl of Richmond I found this odd, because Margaret as depicted here is not a woman to forget the fact that she has a title Margaret, as those of you who have read the early reviews know, is convinced from early childhood that she is chosen by God to do great things, just like Joan of Arc When she bears her only child, Henry Tudor, she becomes equally convinced that her God granted destiny is to put her son on the throne For those who do not share her conviction which amounts to just about everyone Margaret has nothing but scorn.First, the bad news there are some odd historical errors here Gregory pushes the 1469 Battle of Edgecote into 1470, making it the event that restores Henry VI to the throne, and she has Elizabeth Woodville give up the Duke of York before, instead of after, Hastings is executed I suppose Gregory might have been following the theory that Hastings was executed on June 20 instead of June 13, but that theory has been discredited for some time These chronological errors don t make much difference in the greater scheme of things, but they will distract and annoy anyone who s done than cursory research into this period I also found it highly unlikely that Margaret and the other characters would repeatedly exchange letters detailing their treasonous thoughts and schemes, as they do here they might as well have drawn lines on their necks reading CUT HERE Despite those reservations, I did enjoy this novel Telling a first person story through an essentially unlikable narrator is a tough job, and Gregory does it very well here Margaret s snide remarks about the other characters made me laugh out loud at several points, one of my favorites being her comment about Katherine Woodville a girl born and bred only to raise hens in Northampton There are some rather droll moments, such as when the widowed Margaret canvasses her possible future husbands and sets her cap at Richard, Duke of Gloucester, only to find that the unsuspecting prospective groom has foiled her plans by marrying Anne Neville Despite being seen through the eyes of the obtuse and insensitive Margaret, several of the supporting characters are quite sympathetic, particularly Henry Stafford, Margaret s sardonic, war weary second husband, and Jasper Tudor, Margaret s loyal brother in law Henry Stafford s death was quite moving, and Jasper s scenes with his baby nephew were quite sweet Margaret s cynical, opportunistic third husband, Thomas Stanley, is the perfect foil for Margaret, without being a cardboard villain He did much to keep the latter third of the novel, which recounts the very familiar events of 1483 to 1485, moving along at a brisk pace Elizabeth of York makes a brief appearance, but one that s long enough to inform the reader that she is no fool As for Margaret herself, although I don t share Gregory s view of the historical Margaret Beaufort, I didn t find her characterization here implausible, grossly unfair, or one dimensional, as I have in some novels where Margaret is depicted as a fiend who does everything but cackle, I ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too All in all, I found this a diverting and enjoyable read about a woman who s been relatively neglected in historical fiction.

  3. says:

    Blood Red Who was she Another strong contender in this series I am really excited with the different characters and the connections across the books Margaret is a fascinating historical figure and the little pieces we got to know about her in the first book in this series held her up to one light and standard But now in this book, dedicated to her, it s a whole different thought process And she was the mother of a king How could she sit on the side for 20 years and just wait for it to happen Patience What a wonderful women full of so many facets of good and perhaps a little bit of evil, in my opinion Too many lines change over the course of her history, yet she always rises to the top And to think she was a widow before most girls even go to high school these days This is a strong and powerful story About Me For those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by Note All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them Many thanks to their original creators.

  4. says:

    Margaret Beaufort is deeply pious, and she has spent many years paying for the return of the house of Lancaster She is a devout Catholic thus, she is convinced that God is on her side therefore, it is God s will that her son, Henry Tudor, will be the next king of England This is her life s work She has no other reason to live other than honouring her God and ensuring her son s ascension So, she isn t the most likable of protagonists An unshakable faith in victory She is characterised very well and written superbly However, her narrative is somewhat unsympathetic and joyless The character is simply who she is This makes reading her story a little taxing and little frustrating She just has no doubts that Henry will be King she cannot consider for a moment that the house of York will triumph This, to me, doesn t seem like a very pragmatic approach to the war her faith has blinded her The house of Lancaster Tudor could quite easily have fallen at Bosworth instead of York It rested on one man s decision he could have changed the face of England had he ridden down a different King Margret Beaufort is a horrible protagonist she is religiously obsessed, cold and just plain mean her devout nature did effect my enjoyment of this novel Though, in the Red Queen s defence, she was right about one thing Margaret is, ultimately, right in her conviction, but her unwavering faith that she, and her son, would be victorious was a little too much They could have lost Perhaps it s inferred that she has schemes the reader isn t fully aware of Perhaps she had planned something else to sever the White Rose forever It just seemed like there was a fifty percent chance of her victory, so perhaps she knew something the reader did not The way the author has written it is that the victory could have gone either way, so, at the route of things, Margret s faith in herself felt a little forced Unless she had something hidden up her sleeve, I guess we ll never fully know Did she do it I love the way Gregory plants just enough evidence to point the finger at almost every major character regarding the princes in the tower She leaves the whole affair open to reader interpretation, but without providing enough evidence to flat out accuse someone I think this part of the series has been devised very well, and kept me drawing my own conclusions Personally, I think it s the Tudors that killed the York boys, they had the most to gain they had the strongest motive What did Richard have to gain Only less heirs and hatred, it seems like a poor reason to murder I much preferred The White Queen to this novel Perhaps it s because I secretly pin the White rose of York to y doublet or perhaps it s because I think Margaret is a self righteous idiot I just didn t want to see the Tudors win in this series This issue may just reside with the author s characterisation of them The Yorkist s just came across as worthy and the Tudors as cold and calculated It may be because I m a supporter of the house of York, so, naturally, I find their enemies to be nasty people, but at points I just wanted to see Elizabeth Woodville give the crone a good slap Well, either way, the narrative was uncomfortable in places because of Margret s personality This doesn t make this a badly written book, quite the contrary, but it did make it less enjoyable The Cousin s War Series 1 The White Queen A strong four stars2 The Red Queen A fair three stars3 The Lady of the Rivers A Margretless four stars

  5. says:

    Now is the Spring of this woman s discontentCause, I mean, talk about bitter In Philippa Gregory s The Red Queen the prominent historical figure from the War of the Roses period and eventual mother of King Henry VII, Margaret Beaufort is portrayed as one who felt God had destined her for a higher calling, of which she was robbed, and for which she was forever after embittered The story follows Margaret from when she was a little girl daydreaming about becoming the next Joan of Arc, an English version of the virginal saint Historical fiction writer and avid researcher Gregory gives us a probable glimpse into what it might have been like to be a very young, very highly placed lady within the court of England during the 15th Century A very young lady who is contracted to marriage before she can speak, who is married off by the age of 12 to a man twice her age and who is made to give birth preferably to a male heir by the tender age of 13, there is no place in such a girl s life for dreams of Joan of Arc While the crux of the story hinges upon the trials of Margaret, it is the War of the Roses, fought between the Houses of Lancaster and of York that moves the action forward in this tale Without the war, the narrative would bog down into a long winded list of Margaret s complaints At times they take a tiresome turn nonetheless However, Gregory does do an excellent job of building characters, whether it be the complex Margaret or the light but exacting hand with which the author draws up two dimensional players.I say players because while reading this, one can t help but think of the Shakespeare play King Richard III, being that Richard that son sun of York is such an important figure in this tale You may remember Richard is not portrayed kindly in the play In fact, because of that play he is often lumped in with some of the reviled historical figures ever to soil the Earth In The Red Queen Richard is given somewhat of a reprieve Don t get me wrong, you ll still be rooting against him, however, Gregory removes some of the heavy load of pure evil that Shakespeare dumped upon his poor, humped back.Speaking of dual natures, Margaret herself is not always seen in the best of lights As a story s heroine, there are times where she is hardly likable Kudos to Gregory for maintaining character, and thus story, integrity Tell it like it is and let the chips fall where they may Sometimes that makes for the best fiction, and The Red Queen, as a historical fiction, definitely ranks right up there Rating 4.5 stars

  6. says:

    I was surprised, but I actually ended up liking this novel a shade better than The White Queen There s much less of the Melusina magic, which I really felt was used too much as a deus ex machina in The White Queen The relationship with Jasper Tudor, although completely fictional, was intriguing and even so because I knew it could never truly be realised The one liners here and there I actually liked Margaret s steadfastness and singlemindedness, and whilst her ruthlessness is shocking to modern sensibilities at the same time I didn t feel like it was out of place in the brutal Medieval world in which Margaret moved At points, Margaret is downright mean, however whilst I didn t like her mean actions I could still understand what drove her to them, the pride and jealousy that she harbours.That said, the book had its problems One problem was the sheer repetition This seems to be a consistent problem throughout many of Gregory s books Elizabeth Woodville has her legend of Melusina, Mary Queen of Scots has her I am three times a queen , Catherine Howard has her Let me see, what do I have now Margaret Beaufort has an obsession with Joan of Arc Gregory seems to lack the necessary skill to create a character s personality through subtle means, through showing instead of telling, because she seems to hit upon one phrase or theme to associate with a character and then repeats it over and over again throughout the novel Margaret Beaufort was a pious woman, we know this from history Gregory feels the inexplicable need to demonstrate this by giving her character an obsession with Joan of Arc, and then repeatedly drumming this into us throughout the book However, her readers aren t stupid and don t have the attention span of a goldfish yes, we got it the first time, she likes Joan of Arc because she s so pious, we understand this and such interminable repetition gets extremely old extremely fast Give your readers a little credit and stop repeating things like this It makes the story drag for us as readers, and it makes you come off like an incompetent writer because you re telling, not showing Moreover, the Joan of Arc stuff isn t the only repetition you ll encounter in the book Characters who should be on close terms with one another call each by full name and title, just in case we ve forgotten who they are for the past 100 pages or so.Occasionally some spelling and grammatical errors have crept in which wouldn t be worth mentioning except they unfortunately change the meaning of the whole sentence and here and there I stumbled across some strange sentences which just sounded clunky and poorly constructed, though this is not the first time I ve noticed this in Philippa Gregory s works.The novel is written in first person from Margaret Beaufort s point of view, which can also be a problem at times, as it was in The White Queen Since many of the battles occur outside of Margaret s experience, Philippa Gregory is rather stuck, unless she wants to write a string of messenger scenes, which would be authentic but fairly dull for us as readers and mean that we would have no action whatsoever throughout the novel Instead, Gregory switches out to third person omniscient perspective for a single scene here and there whenever she needs to write a battle, returning to Margaret s first person POV again afterwards This feels really awkward, since we re meant to be following Margaret s story here I felt like Gregory should have chosen a perspective and stuck with it all the way through Personally I think third person works best for historical fiction, since it covers so many events that one person alone is rarely present at for all If she wanted to do first person in order to give us an intimate portrait of Margaret, fine, her decision, but stick with it otherwise we can t really get a true insight into Margaret unless we re with her all of the way, experiencing what she experiences and missing out on the battles she misses, waiting at home like her with nervous anxiety and waiting for news of the battle s outcome.However, probably my biggest gripe with this book was the fact that Gregory never comes to grips with the real meat of the history This is actually a complaint about all of her books as this is another feature which plagues her writing consistently The historical events feel glossed over with a broad brush and largely trivialised, reduced to a ten person cast and all the social complexity of who is friends with whom, ignoring the wider picture and the larger issues behind conflicts Many of the momentous events which make up the most exciting happenings of whichever period Gregory is writing about are related in past tense and they occur offstage, and we are told about them in a sentence or two This is a huge let down as a reader, as these moments are the turning points of their day, exciting events of truly huge significance Instead of writing these moments out as actual scenes, happening live and unfolding before our eyes as we read with baited breath, utterly engrossed, Gregory tells instead of shows and plops down a summary of what happened, which we don t get to see, and uses it as exposition to move the plot forwards to the next scene To illustrate this, I ve provided a couple of examples from this book This first example comes from page 182 of the edition I read no spoilers, this is known historical fact Amazingly, Edward gets to London without a single obstacle in his path, the gates are thrown open for him by the adoring citizens, and he is reunited with his wife, as if he had never been chased from his own land, running for his life Above, Gregory, using Margaret as a narrator, describes the return of Edward IV from a rebellion which forced him into exile from England and was probably the darkest and most uncertain period of Edward s reign Yet, Gregory summarises them in a single sentence which glosses over all this, and worse it all occurs offstage and we never get to see any of these thrilling events Again, if she s going to stick with Margaret as a first person narrator, she is in some difficulty in conveying these events, certainly, which is why I think third person is better for historical fiction, but the very least she could have done was let these events play out live through Margaret s eyes from afar This isn t just a one off example either The following quote comes from page 255 of the edition I was reading News comes in snippets from the outside world, carried by housemaids as gossip from the market Richard declares that the marriage between the queen, Elizabeth Woodville, and King Edward was never valid as Edward was pre contracted to another lady before he married Elizabeth in secret He declares all their children bastards and himself as the only York heir The craven Privy Council, who observe Hastings headless body being laid to rest beside the king he loved, do nothing to defend their queen and their princes, but there is a general hasty and unanimous agreement that there is only one heir, and it is Richard Richard s seizing of the throne is covered in three sentences, again conveyed in past tense as an event which happened offstage This is the seizure of the throne we re talking about, this should be one of the highlights of the novel and you should be able to squeeze multiple scenes and pages out of this, all jam packed with tension and excitement What do we get Nada Nothing A summary that greatly simplifies and glosses over events.The biggest disappointment of all is the Battle of Bosworth Field Here Gregory finally has to bite the bullet and write it in real time in order to give her story some sort of climax but it s covered in under five pages of pretty large font and double spaced at that and the whole thing feels quite trivial and basic I didn t get the sense of the epic scope of what was going on, and the scene for me failed to conjure or evoke any sort of atmosphere or ambience, and finally the tactical manoeuvrings just weren t described very well and came off as all too simplistic and easy After it was over I couldn t quite believe that Gregory had written such a dull, lifeless, lacklustre retelling of the Battle of Bosworth Field, so much so that I felt compelled to immediately pick up my copy of Sharon Penman s The Sunne in Splendour and turn to its account of the battle, just to confirm in my mind that it was actually possible to write a better retelling of it than this What I felt was overwhelmingly disappointment that such a great historical moment, on which virtually everything hinged for the two opposing leaders, could be so thoroughly screwed up How can you screw up writing the Battle of Bosworth Field It s got all the tension and excitement you could ever hope to ask for in an historical event I so wanted to give this book 3 stars out of 5, as there were a number of things about it which I did like and enjoy, but I have to concede that the number of problems outweighs the good points, meaning I can t in all honesty give it than 2 stars but just barely If there was an option to award half stars I might well be using it right now Even though I so wanted this novel to be better than it was, let s face it, in the end this is lightweight historical fiction, this is the Wars of the Roses Lite.

  7. says:

    I have no idea if Margaret Beaufort was as she is depicted by Gregory, but her fictional alter ego is the most unlikeable person that I have come across in a novel in years The first person narrative gave little escape from this fanatical and self absorbed woman Henry Tudor s ascension to the throne as Henry VII is a a fascinating and unlikely story, but neither mother, the true believer in his destiny despite its apparent impossibility, nor Henry VII whom I am familiar with historically are going to win any warmth of personality awards Margaret Beaufort had a rough life in many ways, and maybe her single minded devotion to see her son, a virtual stranger, on the English throne as the last of the Lancasters is admirable at times, but neither of these characters have personalities that make for good company page after page after page, and Gregory does little but give a superficial understanding of who they were or why Jasper Tudor or anyone else would love Margaret I found the character studies limited with no reward for my perseverance in finishing the novel.

  8. says:

    When I read the reviews and everyone hated this book, I had to read it As it turns out, everyone hates the heroine, but I didn t I felt sorry for her, and I had to laugh at her self absorption and self vindication, but this is a girl raised to believe that blood lines matter, and that her only possible contribution is as a brood mare She is married twice with no say in the matter her last marriage she negotiates for herself.I appreciate this book I appreciate the hard work and research Gregory had to put into writing it as accurately as possible I appreciate the thought she had to put into it figuring out what her motivations might have been, and making them plausible There were times Gregory had me laughing this woman prays for everything, but also interprets God s will always with an eye to her advancement, and the kingship of her son This is a very complicated time in English history, the Cousins Wars, sometimes called the War of Roses Kings weren t kings for very long, and sometimes they were king and then not and then king again It would be a terrible time to be a noble, who do you support Especially when the penalty for choosing wrong can mean loss of your head, not to mention all your hereditary titles and lands This is a book about the exercise of power, and the exercise of power from a position of powerlessness Gregory lays out the problems women have at this time Few educate women beyond religious works and embroidery skills Not that many people can read, so why waste the skill on a woman And once you give a woman a little book learning, why maybe she will get ideas beyond her station, know what I mean Oh aarrgh All three books in the Cousin s War series weave together, and should be read in close succession The Lady of the Rivers and The White Queen feature likable women, but all deal with women and power and the risks they take exercising that power While Jaquetta and Elizabeth are beautiful, golden and charming, Margaret is persistent and adaptable, and she prevails I don t like her, but I like this book.

  9. says:

    The Red Queen The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, 3 , Philippa GregoryThe Red Queen is a 2010 historical novel by Philippa Gregory, the second of her series The Cousins War It is the story of Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII of England The 2013 BBC One television series The White Queen is a 10 part adaptation of Gregory s novels The White Queen 2009 , The Red Queen and The Kingmaker s Daughter 2012 , and features Amanda Hale as Margaret Beaufort 2012 1390 400 9789644428067 20

  10. says:

    Historical fiction is a passion of mine and I personally think that Philippa Gregory is one of the masters of the genre I always find her books to be so well researched that as a reader you feel like you are experiencing that particular time first hand.This is the second book in the new cousins war series and I did find this novel hard going at first but after the first 50 pages I found myself completely absorbed in this novel and felt like I was there watching events unfold in front of my eyes.The same time frame of The White Queen is used in this novel and at first I was skeptical and did not think it would work However I felt it worked well within the context of the novel and really seemed to link the first and second book in the Cousins was series.Margaret Beaufort is not the easiest of characters to like and I did find in places that I wanted to escape from the first person narrative in places However once I finished The Red Queen and I was reflecting the character of Margaret Beaufort I actually found myself liking the character and I think the harshness of her characters adds a lot of charm and authenticity to the novel.Overall I found The Red Queen to be a well researched novel that took you into the heart of the beginning of Tudor England It is not my favourite Philippa Gregory novel however it does show why she is considered one of the masters of the genre.This review was first published on

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