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The Red Queen (The Cousins’ War #2) by Philippa Gregory

The Red Queen (The Cousins' War, #2)
The Red Queen (The Cousins’ War #2)
by Philippa Gregory
Hardcover, 382 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by Touchstone
Rating: 4/5 Stars
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 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.

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.

-Cassandra @ SoManyBooksSoLittleTime


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