The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory

Read: February 21 - February 24
Format: Audiobook 11 CDs and paperback 382 pages
Source: Public Library
Subject: War of the Roses, Tudor rebellion, murdered princes, Margaret Beaufort
Challenges: 11 in 11, 75 Book, TIOLI, SYLL
Category: Something Borrowed - from the library/sad
Genre: Historical Fiction
Stars: ★★★

The War of the Roses depicted the Yorkist viewpoint in the White Queen and in this book, the second installment of the trilogy, we see the Lancaster side of the events that led to the end of the cousin's war and founding of the Tudor dynasty.

Margaret Beaufort, the Lancastrian heiress was married at the age of 13 to Edmund Tudor, a Welsh prince, and her son, Henry, was born shortly after her husband's death. Henry was raised by his uncle, Jasper, while Margaret was remarried twice. Margaret Beaufort believed that her destiny was to be the mother of the King of England and she worked tirelessly throughout her life to achieve that goal.

Reading the books back-to-back showed the reader how the same events can be interpreted differently and also how lives are interwoven in different ways.

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