7 October 2014

The Cousins War Reviews.

As part of her Philippa Gregory week Holly at Holly's Book Corner asked if I would mind reviewing The Cousins War series. Now I've only read the first three books in the series so I couldn't review all of them but here are the links to my reviews for The White Queen, The Red Queen and my favourite The Kingmakers Daughter. 

Enjoy x




THE WHITE QUEEN
by Philippa Gregory

Pages: 408 (hardcover)
Published: August 18th 2009 (Originally published 2008)
Publisher: Touchstone

Summary
Brother turns on brother to win the ultimate prize, the throne of England, in this dazzling account of the wars of the Plantagenets. They are the claimants and kings who ruled England before the Tudors, and now Philippa Gregory brings them to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women, starting with Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen.The White Queen tells the story of a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition who, catching the eye of the newly crowned boy king, marries him in secret and ascends to royalty. While Elizabeth rises to the demands of her exalted position and fights for the success of her family, her two sons become central figures in a mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the missing princes in the Tower of London whose fate is still unknown. From her uniquely qualified perspective, Philippa Gregory explores this most famous unsolved mystery of English history, informed by impeccable research and framed by her inimitable storytelling skills.

Check out my review for The White Queen HERE!
via Holly's Book Corner




THE RED QUEEN
by Philippa Gregory


Pages: 382 (hardcover)
Published: August 3rd 2010 
Publisher: Touchstone

Summary
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.

Check out my review for The Red Queen HERE
Via Holly's Book Corner




THE KINGMAKERS DAUGHTER
by Philippa Gregory


Pages: 417 (hardcover)
Published: August 14th 2012
Publisher: Touchstone

Summary
Spies, poison, and curses surround her...

Is there anyone she can trust? 


The Kingmaker's Daughter is the gripping story of the daughters of the man known as the "Kingmaker," Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick: the most powerful magnate in fifteenth-century England. Without a son and heir, he uses his daughters, Anne and Isabel as pawns in his political games, and they grow up to be influential players in their own right. In this novel, her first sister story since The Other Boleyn Girl, Philippa Gregory explores the lives of two fascinating young women.
At the court of Edward IV and his beautiful queen, Elizabeth Woodville, Anne grows from a delightful child to become ever more fearful and desperate when her father makes war on his former friends. Married at age fourteen, she is soon left widowed and fatherless, her mother in sanctuary and her sister married to the enemy. Anne manages her own escape by marrying Richard, Duke of Gloucester, but her choice will set her on a collision course with the overwhelming power of the royal family and will cost the lives of those she loves most in the world, including her precious only son, Prince Edward. Ultimately, the kingmaker's daughter will achieve her father's greatest ambition.

Check out my review for The Kingmakers Daughter HERE
Via Holly's Book Corner

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