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The Kingmaker’s Daughter

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The Kingmaker's Daughter, Philippa Gregory, book reviewThe Kingmaker’s Daughter is the fourth novel in Philippa Gregory’s Cousins War series, which opened with The White Queen, the title of the recent BBC adaptation. Each novel tells the story of one of the women at the heart of the Cousins War, which we know better as the War of the Roses. The Kingmaker’s Daughter is the story of Anne Neville, daughter of the Earl of Warwick, one of the key figures throughout the war.

The Earl of Warwick has no son, only two daughters, Anne and her sister Isabel, and so he uses them as pawns in his schemes and attempts to control the power of the throne. Anne is confused by the family’s always changing loyalties, having been taught as a child to call Margaret of Anjou “the bad queen” and then finding herself being married off to her son when her father changes his loyalties from York to Lancaster.


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The Lady of the Rivers

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The Lady of the Rivers Philippa Gregory, book reviewThe Lady of the Rivers is the third novel in Philippa Gregory’s Cousins at War trilogy, covering the stories of three of the women involved in the Wars of the Roses. The first novel, The White Queen, was about Elizabeth Woodville, Edward IV’s Queen Consort; the second, The Red Queen, covered Margaret Beaufort, mother of the first Tudor king, Henry VII. Now in The Lady of the Rivers we go back in time to the story of Elizabeth’s mother Jacquetta, firstly Duchess of Bedford, and then following the death of her husband, she marries Richard Woodville who becomes the first Earl Rivers.

The Wars of the Roses is a fascinating and complex time in English history. The houses of Lancaster and York fought each other for the throne, which changed between them a few times.


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The Red Queen

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The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory, book reviewThe Red Queen is the second in the Cousins at War series by Philippa Gregory, set during the Wars of the Roses in the fifteenth century. The first novel, The White Queen, followed Elizabeth Woodville, who was the wife of Edward IV, the York king. The Red Queen covers a similar time period but from the point of view of Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry Tudor, who was to become Henry VII.

The novel opens when Margaret is a young girl. With events taking place during a time when women had no choices and little education, her dreams for what she wants to do with her life are doomed to fail. She is married young, with the intention of having children to carry on the Beaufort line, who are close to the throne.


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