Though many have tried to commandeer her crown, Philippa Gregory once again proves herself as the reigning queen of Tudor fiction with the second volume of her "Cousins' War" saga, which depicts the triumph and treachery of the Wars of the Roses. Gregory has found one of her most magnificently duplicitous characters yet in Margaret Beaufort, the mother of Henry VII, who was a 14-year-old widow when she began maneuvering and manipulating in order to assure that her infant son would one day attain the throne of England. Beaufort will stop at nothing to see her plan come to fruition, as she strategically arranges marriages (for herself and her son), forges alliances with bitter enemies, and repeatedly feigns submissive loyalty while nurturing her own ambitions.
- Fiction + Literature Themes
- Family + Friendship, Politics, Types of Characters, Historical Fiction, Human Qualities + Behavior, Peoples + Cultures, War + Military, Settings, Literary Genres + Types of Novels
- March 13, 2013
- June 7, 2011
- Philippa Gregory