Two royal houses, each thinking that they are the rightful heir to the throne can only mean one thing: War. The Red Queen is the second novel in the Cousins’ War series (the first being The White Queen) and it tells the story of Margaret Beaufort, heiress to the red rose of the House of Lancaster. Forced into marriage at the age of 12 and a mother and a widow by age 13, Margaret is determined to take her destiny into her own hands and to place her son on the throne of England, as it is God’s will. This is the story of the woman who united the House of Lancaster and the House of York and who founded the Tudor dynasty in England.
Not one of Gregory’s best novels but I still really enjoyed it. Didn’t really like Margaret Beaufort, but I get the impression that not too many people really liked her in real life either based on the views of the other characters. Once again, Gregory was able to bring the characters to life with her gripping battle scenes and amazing details. Even though this is a part of a series, it can stand on its own as well. I would recommend this novel to fans of Philippa Gregory and to those who are interested in reading about a powerful woman who has been largely ignored in the genre of Historical Fiction.